I followed the well-written guide to putting vmware 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. I ran into the problem where the configuration process reported a mismatch on the gcc compiler version versus the one used to compile the kernel. The comment on the thread that reported the same problem had no response, so I went ahead and everything seemed to compile. But when I fired up the interface and tried to start vms I copied over, I saw there was no option to reconfigure the vm and there was no console tab. So all I got in feedback from starting the vms was one line of error message, and they were not too helpful. I tried to create a new vm and install Windows 7 but no luck with getting the CDrom to be the boot device (hence the need to reconfig the VM "bios" options). I've used VMware server 2 under Windows XP for a long time so I know it well. Should it look the same on a Linux install? Anyone know further tricks to avoid the gcc version warning message in the above scenario? And I will really need the console to do cold OS installs. Thanks in advance, all assistance appreciated.