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How install vmware workstation player 15.0.2 on fedora 29 host

asked 2018-12-19 21:57:09 -0600

christianbueno gravatar image

updated 2018-12-19 22:58:09 -0600

Is possible install vmware workstation 15.0.2 on fedora 29.

Which kernel we need?
What tools we need?
Is there an advice to avoid problems using vmware software?

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answered 2018-12-19 22:54:04 -0600

christianbueno gravatar image

updated 2018-12-19 22:58:54 -0600

Yes , it is.
I tested vmware player with the default first kernel 4.18.16 on fedora 29.

Switch to the root user.

$ sudo -i
user password

In a fresh fedora 29 installation, exclude kernel updates, add the following line in the /etc/dnf/dnf.conf file

exclude= kernel*

To allow or keep more than 3 kernels , edit the following line, just in case you need update to a new kernel someday, the first earlier kernel won't be erased and will be in the grub menu.


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Now , update the system

# dnf update

Install vmware, download the software in the official website

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Give permission execution to the file only for the root user.

# chmod 764 ./VMware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle


# ./VMware-Player-15.0.2-10952284.x86_64.bundle

Solve some issues about running vmware player
Install some utilities

# dnf groupinstall "development tools"
# dnf install kernel-headers kernel-devel

Thanks to Quoc Duan

# ln -s /usr/include/linux/version.h /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build/include/linux/version.h
# dnf install elfutils-libelf-devel
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

At this time you will have vmware working on fedora 29.
Run the software by terminal if you like.

# vmplayer

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answered 2019-02-06 07:44:01 -0600

Christian Bueno's answer was very solid, worked for me! I changed the dnf install kernel-headers kernel-devel step to sudo rpm -i kernel-devel-4.18.16-300.fc29.x86_64.rpm I downloaded this rpm here

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