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31st December 2008, 11:44 PM
Hello all,

This is my first post here and I am kinda new to FC. I haven't had to use any Linux systems in over a year so I am really rusty. I have downloaded and installed FC 10 on my laptop, and now I want to install VMware server onto FC so I can run a Windows session. I keep getting stopped during the install, it is asking me for the location of the C header files that match my running Kernel. Can someone please help me out? Thanks.

31st December 2008, 11:51 PM

Open a terminal and run the following

su -

yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Legacy Software Development"

yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers xinetd

Make sure that your kernel, kernel-devel and kernel-headers all match.

Then give your install a whirl again.


1st January 2009, 12:03 AM
I had a real go-round with last week and finally got it up and running.
Here's my notes if it would help

Installing vmware server on Fedora linux


# Install some needed goodies
yum install perl-devel perl-ExtUtils-Embed gcc-c++ gcc kernel-devel xinetd

# Download and install the vmware server
rpm -Uvh VMware-server-1.0.8-126538.i386.rpm

# Get the vmware-any-any-update117x.tgz patch for your kernel
# It is available from http://groups.google.com/group/vmkernelnewbies/files.
# Find out what kernel you have with the command: uname -r

For 2.6.25 kernels use the 117b patch

For 2.6.26 kernels use this patch

For 2.6.27 kernels use this patch

tar -xvf vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz
cd vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2

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1st January 2009, 06:47 AM
vmware on x86 didn't work for me cause patching slow crawl the Windows sessions. So I moved on to Virtualbox. Think of it this way. vmware-server 1.08 and prior are like 110 meg download. vmware-server 2.0 is 537 meg download. Virtualbox is about 38 meg download and that one has USB support.

1st January 2009, 07:17 AM
Homey and Seve I have tried using both of your techniques but I have only gotten a little bit further. I get past that Kernel error and now it crashes while trying to build the vmmon module.

1st January 2009, 02:20 PM
After installing F10, did you update the system?
Mine is updated and using kernel

1st January 2009, 07:32 PM
Yup, i updated it. I have the same kernel as you.

1st January 2009, 07:42 PM
I re-ran the kernal patch and it automatically restarted the VMware install and I have gotten a lot further. Now it is asking me for the IP address of the host system on my private network? I just want to know WHY? VM never asked for this info on any Wintel installs even in ESX. It is usally dynamic. So what happens when I move my machine to a different network? Will it know to start NATing IPs on the new network?

1st January 2009, 08:26 PM
Looks good so far. Thank you guys for all your help. The install is complete and I can open the VM console. I am copying over the image i need to open now. It should work. I am just concerend about the NATing and network config when I move this laptop from location to location.

1st January 2009, 08:53 PM
It doesn't ask me for an ip address for the local host and I don't have it on a laptop so, I'm not sure about moving around....