Everything now works.
The quick version is:
- Create a new Fedora 18 VM
- Do not use “Easy install”
- Disable 3D acceleration in the VM settings (Command-E) prior to starting the install, otherwise you get a spinning idle cursor and no action upon first boot
- Install as you see fit. I use a 64 bit F18, 4 GB of RAM (my Mac has 16 GB of RAM), 100 GB partition, and 4 virtual processors. YMMV. General rule of thumb is that 1 GB is plenty for a casual Gnome desktop, but if you’re using it for software development like me, then the more the better.
- Once installed, update all software using
sudo yum update
- and then reboot.
- This gets you to kernel 3.8.4-202.fc18.x86_64 at the time of writing. This is currently incompatible with VMware tools 9.2.2-893683, but there are known patches (see below) until a VMWare Tools update comes along.
- Let’s install the build tool chain needed to complete VMware Tool installation
sudo yum install patch kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc make
- Reboot just to make sure we’re all good
- Click “Install VMware Tools”
- Unzip the tar ball to ~/Downloads/vmware-tools-distrib/
- Visit this page http://erikbryantology.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/patching-vmware-tools-in-fedora-18.html
- Download the vmware9.k3.8rc4.patch and vmware9.compat_mm.patch patches, and if you feel like you’re not a patch wizard, the shell scripts that apply those patches, too.
- Follow the directions in the above page to patch the source to the VMCI and HGFS file system sharing modules
- Now build the patched VMware tools
- There should be no compilation ERRORS (there will be a couple of warnings, particularly for 64 bit architectures)
- Test drag and drop file sharing, cut n paste, screen resizing, shared folders, and printing to a MacOS X printer.
- If it’s all good, shutdown the VM
- Go to Settings for the VM (Command-E)
- In Display, re-enable 3D acceleration
- Start up the VM
At this point, you should have access to accelerated 3D within the VM and all VMWare Toolbox features.