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Running Funtoo Inside VMware Workstation Pro


When configuring your VM, it is important to ensure that Accelerate 3D graphics is enabled under Virtual Machine Settings -> Display. This is not enabled by default. This will allow OpenGL/compositing to work properly for responsive graphics and proper operation of modern desktop environments.

Recommended: Using a Recent GNOME or Cinnamon Stage3

It is now possible to easily set up a Funtoo VM inside VMware Workstation Pro. Choose the stage starting with "gnome-" or "cinnamon-", etc., not the one starting with "stage3" (this is the non-graphical stage3 and hasn't been tweaked for VMware Workstation).

open-vm-tools is enabled by default in these stages, so full integration with your host should be active from the start. When using these stage3s, all you need to do is perform a standard desktop installation following the installation documentation and make note of the notice above to enable 3D accelerated graphics for your VM for the best possible experience.

Setting Up a Basic Stage3 for VMware Workstation

When setting up a basic stage3 inside a VMware Workstation VM, the following steps are recommended.

For better integration with your host, it is recommended that you emerge open-vm-tools and rc-update add vmware-tools default inside your VM. In Funtoo, vmware-tools is safe to run even on a non-VM as it will detect if it's in a virtual environment, and will only start the tools if you are actually running inside VMware.

When setting up a graphical environment, be sure to ego profile mix-in +gfxcard-vmware and rebuild world (emerge -auDN @world) to ensure the VMware X11 driver and Mesa support is enabled.

For copy/paste and drag/drop to work between a guest in X and the host, you may need to enable USE=gtkmm for open-vm-tools.