Installing VMware tools in Ubuntu 8.04 (hardy)

So like me you’ve been hanging out for another Long Term Support (LTS) Ubuntu release and having arrived last month (8.04) you’ve got it up and running in VMware (Fusion in my case).

To make VMware tools install you need to:

  • Virtual Machine->Install VMware Tools (that’s the easy part)
  • apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  • mount /cdrom
  • cd /cdrom
  • cp VMwareTools*.tar.gz /tmp
  • cd /tmp
  • tar xzf VMwareTools*
  • cd vmware-tools-distrib
  • ./
  • Press enter for everything until it won’t go any further because it wants the real location of your kernel headers. Give it ‘/lib/modules/2.6.24-16-server/build/include’ and then keep pressing enter again until you get back to your prompt.

VMware Tools should start up (except perhaps for the advanced networking guff).

Update: Added extraction steps.

Update: The same process works for Debian 4.0 (etch)

By Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston CMgr FIML GAICD MACS Snr CP is an Australian technology executive and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience founding and advising startups, and in leadership roles at top global technology companies including Citrix, Google, and Equinix.

Sam is currently the director of labs at DXC Technology, whose mission is to ensure the company is fully equipped with the emerging digital technologies it needs to lead clients through accelerating change, including drones, robotics & humanoids, 3D printing, computer vision & voice, augmented & virtual reality, artificial intelligence & machine learning, blockchain, chatbots, and quantum computing.

Sam has a bachelor of computer science degree from the University of New South Wales, and is based in Singapore, having worked in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA.