VMware is a well-known hypervisor that provides virtualization. Virtualization software establishes an abstraction layer over computer hardware, allowing a single computer's physical elements to be separated into several virtual machines (VMs).
Even though it is running on a part of the actual underlying computer hardware, each virtual machine runs independently on its own operating system.
Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux system Virtualization queries.
In this context, we shall look into how you can install VMware on Linux Mint 20.
1. Perform system Update
Before you can proceed with the installation, update your Linux mint system:
$ sudo apt update
2. Install System Dependencies
Now, ensure to install all the dependencies for the installation of VMWare to proceed without a hitch:
$ sudo apt install build-essential gcc wget linux-headers-generic linux-headers-$(uname -r)
With the package index refreshed and dependencies installed, we can now get along with the actual installation.
3. Install VMware workstation
Next, download the latest version of VMware workstation using the following wget command. By the time of going live, the latest version of VMWare workstation is 16.2.1.
First navigate into the/tmp directory:
$ cd /tmp
Using the wget command, download the VMwareinstallation file:
$ wget --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:75.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/75.0" https://www.vmware.com/go/getWorkstation-linux
With the installation file downloaded, make it executable using the chmod command:
$ chmod +x getWorkstation-linux
Next, run the binary installer to begin the installation process:
$ sudo ./getWorkstation-linux
Once the installation is done, you will get a notification on your terminal that everything went okay and that the installation was a success.
This article covers the complete procedure of Installing VMware Workstation on Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa. In fact, VMware is a mature and stable virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple, isolated operating systems on a single machine. This enables one to have Virtual machines of different operating systems running off the host resources.
The VMware Tools offer several useful functionalities such as faster graphics performance, shared folders, shared clipboards, drag and drop operations, and more.