Softimage on Ubuntu in VMware Player


After a few false starts, I managed to get Ubuntu 10.04 running in VMware Player, and to get Softimage to start up.

To get Softimage to start, first I had to edit MentalRayOptions.spdl and removed the ยต (mu) character. Softimage still crashed at startup, so next I tried a tip I got from La Maison: setenv LC_ALL POSIX, but I still crashed.

Finally, I edited $XSI_HOME/Application/layouts/Default.xsily and hid the OpenGL viewports, and then Softimage started up.

So, based on that, I’ve been trying to switch from the nouveau drivers to the real Nvidia drivers for my QuadroFX 4800. But it doesn’t seem to be possible in a VM. I’ve tried https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/Nvidia, but I end up with this:

I checked with QA, and they hadn’t had any luck either with nvidia drivers for Ubuntu in VMs.

Sigh, so close yet so far…

8 thoughts on “Softimage on Ubuntu in VMware Player

      • No “misleading” (which I should have put between quotation marks in my first post also, sorry for that) in the sense, that you didn’t get it to work, but reading first line might get people’s hopes up… And the first line is the thing you read when getting it by RSS, so…
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  1. And actually that (“And the first line is the thing you read when getting it by RSS, soโ€ฆ”) isn’t true either, as you get the whole post, but I first read the title and maybe the first line and then head over to the website. So it’s just me… ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hi There isn’t a Linux trial version. The Linux version doesn’t support Standalone licensing, which is how the 30-day trial works.

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