Ubuntu 11.04 Unity on VMware Fusion

Right, after a lot of unsuccessful googling I came across a solution to the new Linux Ubuntu’s new UI Unity not working in WMware Fusion.

The reason Unity does not work is something to do with the ‘accelerated hardware/graphics’ not being compatible at this moment. And, finally there is a solution to this.

Unity is a 3D UI hence the extra acceleration needed. So.. we can install a 2D version, which from what i understand is completely the same (just without all the whistles and bangs).

First we need to add the 2D repository to our Ubuntu’s software manager. In terminal type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily

Then we need to update Ubuntu’s app cache:

sudo apt-get update

And finally install the new 2D version of Unity:

sudo apt-get install unity-2d-default-settings

Then restart and choose Unity 2D from the Session options at the bottom right when you next login.




Ubuntu 11.04 Unity on VMware Fusion

2 thoughts on “Ubuntu 11.04 Unity on VMware Fusion

  1. Omar says:

    How did you get the VMware tools to install? Or is it not necessary? I’m a total n00b at this, so bear with me 🙂

    Also, I’m running VMFusion 4 on a 2010 Macbook Air running Lion.

    Hope that gives you enough info to sorta run with.

    1. Hi Omar,

      It is very essential to install the VMware tools. This will allow the OS to run correctly within VMware. 🙂

      While the Ubuntu is running, click on the “Virtual Machine” menu (from the “File”, “Edit” etc. bar).

      Then choose “Install VMware Tools”, this will then mount (put in) a virtual CD with the vmware tools program.

      You can then install it by extracting the compressed archive (like a .ZIP file) on the virtual CD to the Desktop.

      Once it is on the desktop. Open Terminal from “Applications > Accessories > Terminal” and move to the new folder on the desktop by typing “cd Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib”

      Then we need to execute the VMware tools install script, by typing “sudo ./vmware-install.pl” in terminal and follow the instructions.

      And BOOM it should be installed. If this is too brief and unclear just let me know and I’ll do a full post about it.

      🙂 happy nerding x

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