How can I run Unity in a virtual machine?

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You need to run another operating system on your Linux PC. But should you dual boot 7 Reasons Why You Should (and Shouldn't) Dual Boot Linux , or use a virtual machine? And if you choose the second option, which virtual machine software should you use?

Virtual Machines vs. Dual Booting

Do you run Linux — perhaps Linux Mint or Ubuntu Linux Mint vs Ubuntu: Which Distro Should You Choose? — alongside Windows? Or do you have two or more Linux distributions installed on your computer? How is it working out for you? For some, this dynamic works well. For others, rebooting can be a problem.

The time taken to restart, select a different OS at the GRUB bootloader screen, and then boot, can be problematic. This is especially true on systems where Linux is installed alongside Windows.

On slower systems, or those with many apps trying to run...

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Although the installation process of Unity 3d Editor completes without any errors in the 64-bit version of Windows 7, the program will stop responding as soon as you launch it. Luckily, there is an easy solution to make Unity 3d run inside the 64-bit system.

After switching from the 32-bit to the 64-bit version of Windows, I found that the Unity 3d Editor could not be launched although other 32-bit applications would work fine. Other Unity developers switching to the 64-bit Windows system will see the same “Unity Editor has stopped working” error message when trying to launch the software.

Making the editor work inside Windows 7 64-bit is not a hard task. Here are the steps to fix it.

1. Right-click on the Computer icon and choose Properties from the context menu.

2. In the pop up System window, find the Advanced system settings on the left side and click on it.

3. In System Properties window, click Settings (under...

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A. If you haven't toyed around with Unity mode in VMware Workstation, it's a pretty slick feature. Unity effectively hides the fact that a virtual machine (VM) is running on your system. As a result, an application in the VM can be displayed on the host desktop as just that application.

Unity has been around since VMware Workstation v6.5, so it has a little history. However, one behavior of Unity that has caused some consternation has to do with its impact on the Windows Aero interface.

Aero can be an expensive processor consumer, so VMware Workstation disables the Aero interface when Unity is enabled. This is done by default to improve the user experience while in Unity mode. Workstation then turns Aero back on once you exit Unity mode.

If you have plenty of processing power and love Aero, you can turn off this behavior by editing your VM's .VMX file. Add the line

unity.allowCompositingInGuest="TRUE"

to keep Aero around even when you've got Unity up and...

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UPDATE (...bump...):

So this morning I got a notification that there was an update for Vmware Player, new version is 6.0.4 build-2249910. So i ran the update and started

up my Windows XP VM but I still got the error that "The guest operating system's resolution cannot be changed.". In my previous post I said I could still

change that even though I got that error, but I'm realizing they probably meant resizing the VM by changing the VMPlayer's window size, not the resolution

from within the Windows XP VM. So I actually cannot change the size of the VM by doing "Enter Fullscreen" or just resizing the window manually,

nothing happens...

So I tried again to completely remove VMTools and reinstall it. After I finished installing and rebooted the VM, I was able to enter into Unity mode and adjust

the window size of the VM, but within 30 seconds to a minute the VM automatically exited Unity mode and I cannot change the resolution...

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To license VMware Fusion, simply enter a purchased license key during product installation in the license key field. Alternatively, you can enter your serial / license key from the "VMware Fusion" drop down menu in the product. Choose "License" in the drop down menu, enter the serial / license key and choose "OK."

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Virtualization isn't just for geeks or those who run enormously powerful servers. It offers something for everybody, and if you haven't yet dipped your toe into the virtualization ocean, then you're at serious risk of being left behind.

In its strictest sense, virtualization refers to running two or more operating systems one one physical PC. Either the multiple operating systems run side-by-side, with a separate piece of software called a hypervisor used to manage them, or one operating system runs the other operating systems within program windows. The former is usually limited to servers, with the latter finding common use on desktop computers.

Companies including VMware and Oracle lead the way in this kind of virtualization with their products for workstations and servers. There are even some highly capable free-of-charge versions in the form of Oracle's VirtualBox and VMware Player, both for desktop PCs, and VMware vSphere for server-grade...

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