How to Install Oracle Linux Server 8.0 on Vmware Workstation


This article describes How to Install Oracle Linux Server 8.0 on Vmware Workstation

Oracle Linux (OL, formerly known as Oracle Enterprise Linux) is a Linux distribution packaged and freely distributed by Oracle, available partially under the GNU General Public License since late 2006. It is compiled from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) source code, replacing Red Hat branding with Oracle's. It is also used by Oracle Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exadata and others.

Potential users can freely download Oracle Linux through Oracle's E-delivery service (Oracle Software Delivery Cloud) or from a variety of mirror sites, and can deploy and distribute it without cost. The company's Oracle Linux Support program aims to provide commercial technical support, covering Oracle Linux and existing RHEL or CentOS installations but without any certification from the former (i.e. without re-installation or re-boot). As of 2016 Oracle Linux had over 15,000 customers subscribed to the support program.

Oracle Linux, like CentOS and Scientific Linux, is a binary clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. In this relationship Red Hat is known as the upstream vendor. What does this mean? These groups download the RHEL source code, remove trademarks, compile it, create a distribution and allow you to downloads and use it for free. This is perfectly legal because the software that makes up this Linux distribution is covered by an assortment of open source software licences, including GPL. Indeed, without the these open source software licenses RHEL would not exist as it is the reason Red Hat can legally create their distribution, since they are not the originators of all of this code.

VMware Workstation is a virtual machine software that is used for x86 and x86-64 computers to run multiple operating systems over a single physical host computer. Each virtual machine can run a single instance of any operating system (Microsoft, Linux, etc.) simultaneously. VMware Workstation strongly supports hardware compatibility and works as a bridge between the host and virtual machine for all kinds of hardware resources including hard disks, USB devices and CD-ROMs. All device drivers are installed via the host machine.

VMware was established in 1998 and has produced many products for virtualization. VMware Workstation was launched by VMware in 2001.
VMware Workstation allows for the installation of multiple instances of different operating systems, including client and server operating systems. It helps the network or system administrators to check, test and verify the client server environment. Administrator can also switch between different virtual machines at same time.
VMware Workstation has its limitations, including hardware support, operating system issues, and network protocols hurdles.

VMware Workstation is the wildly popular software which facilitates creating and operating virtual machines or VM’s right on your x86 based laptop or desktop computer.

Oracle Linux is pretty much the same as any other installation. Download the ISO, burn the ISO onto a USB drive, boot from the USB drive, and click the Install icon.

Now you can find some examples in this video.

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