misc/164736: FreeBSD handbook mentions running vmware via linux compat.

Adam Kirchhoff adam.k.kirchhoff at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 13:10:10 UTC 2012

>Number:         164736
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       FreeBSD handbook mentions running vmware via linux compat.
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Feb 03 13:10:09 UTC 2012
>Originator:     Adam Kirchhoff
>Release:        9.0-STABLE
FreeBSD memory.visualtech.com 9.0-STABLE FreeBSD 9.0-STABLE #5: Thu Jan 26 22:09:39 EST 2012     root at memory.visualtech.com:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/MEMORY  amd64


This section of the handbook should updated to remove the reference to vmware:


The linux version of vmware workstation 3 (iirc) was in the ports tree at one point, was removed a while back.  No newer version of vmware will work via the compat layer, at least not till someone were to port the vmware kernel modules again.  

I recently had a discussion with someone who erroneously thought they could get vmware workstation 8 working on FreeBSD because they read this line in the handbook:

In a nutshell, the compatibility allows FreeBSD users to run about 90% of all Linux applications without modification. This includes applications such as StarOffice™, the Linux version of Netscape®, Adobe® Acrobat®, RealPlayer®, VMware™, Oracle®, WordPerfect®, Doom, Quake, and more. It is also reported that in some situations, Linux binaries perform better on FreeBSD than they do under Linux.


Remove VMware™ from the list.


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