OpenBSD Journal

VMware 3.x for OpenBSD-current

Contributed by jose on from the marius-land dept.

Marius sends us this one:

A port of the kernel modules for VMware to OpenBSD-current. Ported from the NetBSD modules by Jaromir Dolecek and the linux modules provided by VMware, as well as a few bits from Jason Ish' port of the NetBSD modules for VMware 2.x.

VMware 4.x is in the works: The kernel modules are complete, working is pending some compatibility issues with the linux emul layer."

People have been wanting this for a while, and I know Marius was pretty happy to get it working. Give it a whirl.

PS: I'm at USENIX Security , and I don't know what my access will be like for the rest of the week. Therefore, here's a slew of stories to chew on for a few days.

(Comments are closed)

  2. By Jedi/Sector One () on

    This is something I've been waiting for a while in order to use OpenBSD as a workstation for my daily job.

    *BSD still lack Flash and Codeweavers tools but VMWare is definitely a wonderful tool when you absolutely need to work with Windows stuff. And the snapshot capability of VMWare 4.x is something you can't live without when you have to temporarely test software.

    If only licenses weren't so expensive... :(

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Crossover office runs under netbsd with some small issues, should be trivial sync some code and run under obsd.

  3. By Per-Olov Sjöholm () on

    Now could be the time to leave my linux desktop for an OpenBSD desktop, and use OpenBSD both on the servers and the desktop.

    I use VmWare all day for the windows apps that can't be run directly in my mandrake linux box with "Crossover office" .

    I saw this VmWare port when it was in progress and a lot of things didn't work. I will check it out directly.

    I just say Woohooo ! I will definetly give it a try !


  4. By Anonymous Coward () on

    This is GREAT! I look forward seeing VMWare 4.x running on OpenBSD!

    If only you could imagine how useful it is when you write some low level code, or only if you need something that runs only under linux/windows. This is seriously a very good news.

    Now, I can't wait to see 4.x running under OpenBSD.

    Way to Go.

  5. By andrew () on

    I've looked through the info and didn't see this question and I'm sorry if I missed it.

    Is this with OBSD running as host or guest OS?

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      Host. OpenBSD has been running as a guest OS just fine, for a long time now.

      1. By andrew () on


        1. By Anonymous Coward () on

          But video performance sucks without the "vmware-tools", so don't try to run KDE or GNOME or other purty window managers.

          1. By Stefan () on

            Latest XFree86 supports the vmware virtual videocard so thats not much of a problem.

  6. By noname () on

    GREAT !!!!, What about win4lin modules port ?. A port of win4lin ( ) will be terrific ! ( the patchs are open source and the win4lin app, could be emulated by redhat port. )


  7. By Anonymous Coward () on

    4.x Please!!!

  8. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Great how about 4.x?

  9. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Great how about 4.x?

  10. By none () none on none

    GO FOR IT !!!!!

  11. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Please support VMWare 4!
    Please Please Please!

  12. By Anonymous Coward () on

    odd timing to have a unix security thing at the same time as defcon...

    august 17-19 would have been better since theres nothing unix related going on then

  13. By cl () on

    A bit off topic but...

    I've been able to successfully run obsd in vmware 3.2 and 4.0 as a guest OS. Even X works great, especially vmware 3.2, however, when trying to run X in vmware 4.0 it works fine the first time but after the session is rebooted it'll never work again. Anyone else have this trouble?

  14. By Anonymous Coward () on

    After successfully making the files within the tarball at the site, 'make load' fails like so:

    # make
    # make load
    modload -e vmmon_lkmentry -p vmmon.o
    modload: not loading symbols: kernel does not support symbol table loading: Operation not permitted
    modload: can't reserve memory: Operation not permitted
    *** Error code 9

    I'm using a snapshot from less than a week ago which appears to have LKM in GENERIC. I have no idea where to go with that error =)

    1. By marius () on

      you need to be at securelevel 0 or less to load lkms

Latest Articles


Copyright © - Daniel Hartmeier. All rights reserved. Articles and comments are copyright their respective authors, submission implies license to publish on this web site. Contents of the archive prior to as well as images and HTML templates were copied from the fabulous original with Jose's and Jim's kind permission. This journal runs as CGI with httpd(8) on OpenBSD, the source code is BSD licensed. undeadly \Un*dead"ly\, a. Not subject to death; immortal. [Obs.]