VMware Player and Server
Proprietary but "free of charge" (NOT floss) virtualisation software from VMware
(If you want a floss virtualiser try VirtualBox instead)
VMware Player 3.x
Try VMware player FIRST ! Its a simple "one-click" .BUNDLE install on almost any distro variant !
Verdsion 2.x works on PIIIs and Version 3 requires a P4 with PAE but now lets you create VMs from scratch as well as running pre-built ones !
VMware 2.x on Karmic (9.10)
To enable VMware Server to work on Ubuntu 9.10 may require a Linux Kernel rebuild.
There is an excellent "How To" document located at:
One issue was concerned with the installation of the custom kernel, specifically this step:
dpkg -i linux-image-184.108.40.206-custom_220.127.116.11-custom-10.00.Custom_amd64.deb linux-headers-18.104.22.168-custom_22.214.171.124-custom-10.00.Custom_amd64.deb
The installation complained that line 1186 of the nvidia-common postinst script returned error 20. Although a resolution to fix the issue didn't seem to be available, the following steps allowed the installation to proceed:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-common sudo apt-get purge nvidia-common
Once these steps have completed, the dpkg command above can be re-run.