3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 26, 2016 9:51 AM by monteleo

    Workstation 12 has no unity mode for linux

    monteleo Lurker

      A a vmware professional user since many years I'm very disappointed by the decision to discard in version 12 of Unity mode support in Linux. This was a key feature for me, any hope to get it back?

        • 1. Re: Workstation 12 has no unity mode for linux
          wila Guru
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          VMware has a policy on not to comment on future features (even if it is about bringing back a retired feature)

          As it was retired, I'm not holding my breath here on hoping they will bring it back.


          Also see:

          workstation 12 has no unity mode for linux hosts or guests




          You can ofcourse always file a feature request (which is better as posting in the forums about it as it ends up in the system)

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          • 2. Re: Workstation 12 has no unity mode for linux
            AnthonyNeal Lurker

            Hi there,


            I'd like to add my support behind monteleo's dissatisfaction with the decision to remove Unity support for Linux guests.


            I am a software development consultant, I have been using VMware Workstation for about 6 years on various projects. I was using V8 up until today when I needed to upgrade to support new guest OS' versions.


            I have been using Unity mode for a collection of CentOS, Fedora and other Linux guests and now find myself in a position where my day-to-day work will be affected.  Had I known that this decision had been made by VMware I would not have upgraded and would have found another way forward.


            I do not know where VMware received their information on this feature not being used very much, but I certainly was not informed of the decision nor consulted about whether I used it.

            • 3. Re: Workstation 12 has no unity mode for linux
              monteleo Lurker

              In version 12.5 there is still no sort of substitute/alternative of unity mode.

              I have installed Oracle virtual box that has a similar feature, a bit slower but it is a mature products and works quite well. After many years with VMware I'm planning to switch to vbox in all my linux machines.

              It is a pity that VMware does not care customer needs and decided to remove such a key feature.