The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
Blaine Lee, The Power Principle

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
Ara Parasheghian

Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.
John Wooden

VMware Player is very easy to set up and it is free.  This allows multiple operating systems and/or configurations to be run on a single computer.

By giving VMware your email address, you will be sent an authorization key and you can download the software.  For Ubuntu, the file type is a bundle.  Just run the bundle as a shell script as sudo.  In my case:

sudo sh VMware-Player-3.1.2-301548.i386.bundle

The install wizard shows a series of screen.  Answer the questions until the install is complete.  I check for updates because I like to stay current.  Later in this blog you will see how easy updates are.

The VMware Player is installed in the System Tools menu.  As you can see, I have installed both VirtualBox and VMware Player.  In a later blog, I will explain why I chose Player over VirtualBox.

The first time you run the player, it needs to be compiled.  VMware handles all of this automatically.

A compile screen displays anytime player needs to be compiled.  Compiles happen when player changes and when the Linux kernel changes.

Finally, we see the VMware Player screen.

Let’s set some preferences.

I have found it best to leave the Return to the VM Library after Closing a virtual machine option unchecked.  I Download All the Components Now by clicking the button.  This only uses a small amount of disk space but saves lots of time later.


The following graphics show what happens when an update is available.  VMware makes it very easy to update.

Depending upon the amount of RAM available, more than one VMware Player can be running.  When the second player starts, the following warning pops up.  This is no big deal.  VMware Player easily moves the mouse and keyboard between multiple players.


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  1. […] So instead of VM Player, I decided to try VirtualBox.  But my results were not what I desired.  I decided to try VM Player again.  VM Player is now much easier. (See my install here) […]

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