In this tutorial we are going to see how to install VMware Player under Ubuntu 14.10 or older and also on any Linux Mint version. The player has recently been updated to version 7.0.0 and adding support to Ubuntu 14.10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, CentOS 7, OpenSUSE 13.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12.
Among the new features in this new version are the following:
New CPU enablement (Intel Haswell microarchitecture extension support)
VMware Player 7 is optimized to take advantage of new Haswell extensions, delivering up to 45% improvement in CPU-intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous performance tests.
Updated xHCI controller
Updated NDIS drive
VMware Player 7.0.0 Installation
First of all, run the following command:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
To install VMware Player 7.0.0 under Ubuntu 14.10 or older, run simply these commands from the Terminal:
mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware
wget -c http://goo.gl/A9LHQv -O VMware-Player-7.0.0.x86_64.bundle.tar
tar -xvf VMware-Player-7.0.0.x86_64.bundle.tar
chmod +x VMware-Player-7.0.0-2305329.x86_64.bundle
sudo sh VMware-Player-7.0.0-2305329.x86_64.bundle
Then follow the setup instructions: