VMware - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-12-2013, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Studenttech1's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 30
Default VMware

I am looking at various sites to see if I can find a free download for VMware. My class instructor is asking that we look into downloading it and then running the Linux (unbuntu) OS on it. This isn't mandatory, but he thinks it would be good for us to learn to use the various operating systems. I now have a new "extra" basic computer thanks to my family to monkey around on and do all this with. It currently has Windows 8 on it. It is an ASUS with some decent hardware in it.

I found this link and just wanted to make sure I downloaded the right thing.
See link: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads

I am looking under the link tab that says Desktop & End-User Computing. I just need to know if it is the VMworkstation that I need to download. If anyone can point me in the right direction, it would be appreciated!


Studenttech1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 407
Default Re: VMware

Yes, VM workstation is what you want. It's a 30 day trial or something like that, right?

You should also get VM player. I don't remember if you can create VMs with it, but at the very least it can run the VMs you've created in workstation once the trial period expires.

DistraughtSysop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
strollin's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: N. Calif.
Posts: 646
Default Re: VMware

The page you linked to has downloads for 60-day Free Trials of the various VMWare products. That means at the end of the 60 days you either have to uninstall the product or buy it.

For your purposes, I would suggest you download VMware Player which is free for non-commercial use and the license doesn't expire. Get it here: VMware Player

There is no problem creating VMs using VMware Player and it will work perfectly fine with Ubuntu.

VMware Workstation has some capabilities that VMware Player doesn't such as the ability to take a "snapshot" but for the most part VMware Player is very useful.

Another free product you should consider is: VirtualBox. It will also allow you to install Ubuntu in a VM.
strollin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 02:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
patonb's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In Gov't Regulated Cubical
Posts: 9,745
Default Re: VMware

Use virtualbox by oricale.

It's free and very powerful
Foldie = i5 6600kMSI Z170A M5 EVGA 970 SC Corsair H100 Corsair hx520 2x8gb GSkill Corsair 650D
Woohoo = L5639 @3.1Ghz EVGA SR-2 gtx 260-216 Hyper 212+ Corsair 1050hx 6x2gb Corsair XMS3 Blackhawk Ulra
Alienware 18 - SLI 770M 4700mq 16Gig

patonb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 03:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
Private Joker
carnageX's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,558
Default Re: VMware

Originally Posted by patonb View Post
Use virtualbox by oricale.

It's free and very powerful
Agreed with Paton. Just use VirtualBox. I've ran Ubuntu as a server, Windows 8, MS-DOS, and ReactOS all in VB, and they've all worked fine.
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.