Hi All,

Thanks to Mark at vr dot org we have a nice fast http download link.

Head to gentoo-vm.vr.org for Downloads!!

Update: Good news is Mark recently joined VMware :), but the bad news is there is nobody at vr.org to maintain that mirror. So its dead now 🙁



Some versions of the VMware Server and Workstation 5.5.X has a newer version of the tools. To install vmware tools do the following:

This can also be followed if you are doing a fresh install of the vmware tools. Also note that this procedure does not follow the Gentoo way of managing packages. So some purists don?t’ like this. There is an alternate way using the emerge, I will cover that install method shortly.

This pretty much follows the standard Linux tools install procedure, except noted otherwise.

Doc Link, KB Link to related references at VMware.com

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Gentoo Virtual Machine

Gentoo Linux is a Linux distribution named after the Gentoo Penguin. It is designed to be modular, portable, easy to maintain, flexible, and optimized for the user’s machine. This is accomplished by building all tools and utilities from source code, although, for convenience, several large software packages are also available as precompiled binaries for various architectures. Gentoo achieves all this via the Portage system. Gentoo is also appreciated for its discussion forums and the large knowledge base they represent.

Even with all the fun and frills, Gentoo is primarily criticised for its long installation process, sometimes taking days on older hardware, especially very large ones such as X11 and OpenOffice.org take hours to compile and are incompatible with the needs of many users who require quick software installation.Having said that, working with Gentoo is a great learning experience and one is rewarded with much knowledge and insight into how various parts of Linux come together to work in a way it is supposed to and a wealth of information on minute details of each and every configuration option in the packages.

My endeavour with this VM is to enable the community use Gentoo and decide for them selves what the enigma of the Gentoo Linux really is.

Now about the VM itself.

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Hi All,

This is an attempt to provide the Gentoo user community with a VMware Image to test and get a feel about.

This is not a official Release and I’m neither part of or related in any manner with the releng team at Gentoo.

Though I do work for VMware, whatever I say or post on this site does not represent the views of my employer or co-workers.

Thank you!!