linuxlite is a great guest os for virtualbox and vmware player

linuxlite is a great (LXDE/XFCE based) guest os for virtualbox and vmware player since vboxclient tools are preinstalled and you just need to run aptitude install open-vm-tools for vmware workstation player

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virtualbox peppermint vm installs require you to run ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run twice

virtualbox peppermint vm installs require you to run ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run twice

 

run VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
it fails with the error “modprobe vboxsf failed”
reboot

run VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
it fails
it works

Code:
# ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run 
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox 5.2.6 Guest Additions for Linux........
VirtualBox Guest Additions installer
Copying additional installer modules ...
Installing additional modules ...
VirtualBox Guest Additions: Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules.
VirtualBox Guest Additions: Running kernel modules will not be replaced until the system is restarted
VirtualBox Guest Additions: Starting.
VirtualBox Guest Additions: modprobe vboxsf failed
Code: 
# ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox 5.2.6 Guest Additions for Linux........
VirtualBox Guest Additions installer
Removing installed version 5.2.6 of VirtualBox Guest Additions...
Copying additional installer modules ...
Installing additional modules ...
VirtualBox Guest Additions: Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules.
VirtualBox Guest Additions: Running kernel modules will not be replaced until the system is restarted
VirtualBox Guest Additions: Starting.

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systemd-detect-virt detects if you are running in a vm

https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd-detect-virt.html

systemd-detect-virt detects execution in a virtualized environment. It identifies the virtualization technology and can distinguish full machine virtualization from container virtualization. systemd-detect-virt exits with a return value of 0 (success) if a virtualization technology is detected, and non-zero (error) otherwise.

$ systemd-detect-virt
vmware

 

VM qemu QEMU software virtualization, without KVM
kvm Linux KVM kernel virtual machine, with whatever software, except Oracle Virtualbox
zvm s390 z/VM
vmware VMware Workstation or Server, and related products
microsoft Hyper-V, also known as Viridian or Windows Server Virtualization
oracle Oracle VM VirtualBox (historically marketed by innotek and Sun Microsystems), for legacy and KVM hypervisor
xen Xen hypervisor (only domU, not dom0)
bochs Bochs Emulator
uml User-mode Linux
parallels Parallels Desktop, Parallels Server
bhyve bhyve, FreeBSD hypervisor

vmware workstation player vm backup and export

in the latest version of vmware workstation player (14) you can no longer backup a vm or export a vm from the gui instead you need to run ovtool from the command line

C:\> "C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\OVFTool\ovftool.exe" -h

eg

C:\> ovftool.exe path-to-your-vmx path-to-your-ova-file-or-ovf-dir

you can specify target type instead of using file suffix ie OVA, OVF

C:\> ovftool.exe --targettype OVA path-to-your-vmx path-to-your-ova-file

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vmware vms with peppermint 8 dont work with open-vm-tools

in a peppermint 8 gnu/linux vmware vm open-vm-tools and open-vm-tools-desktop do not work so when installing peppermint 8 into a vmware vm do not use open-vm-tools (the screen never resizes)

use VMware Workstation Player | Manage | Install VMware tools instead
and when you run vmware-config-tools.pl say NO to all the questions ESPECIALLY

Would you like to enable VMware automatic kernel modules? NO

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vmware workstation player is now 40x cheaper than oracle virtualbox

vmware workstation player is now 40x cheaper than oracle virtualbox if you need USB 2 and/or USB 3 support

due to a quirk on the oracle store the minimum order quantity of virtualbox is 40 giving a minimum cost of £4000

try and edit your cart you will get

 

the oracle site even has some broken links