VMware Workstation Pro snap


#1

Partially as a training exercise, partially just to reduce a mess at my workstation I’d like to install my VMware Workstation bundle as a snap. The app is distributed as a .bundle file see FILEext.
Does anybody have a hint about initiate and complete the task?
Are there snapcraft plugins appropriate to that file format?


#2

The biggest problem aside from the possibly non-redistributable licensing is that non-free hypervisors are usually shipping some out-of-tree kernel modules to be built and loaded on the host, which is not supported by snapd on classic systems.

Just my two cents.


#3

Thank you for your input.
These are good points, definitely.
I don’t feel afraid about the license related issue. There may be a generally available VMware Workstation Player/Pro package distributed with the snap without the license key. If a user has his/her license key, he/she will enter it. If not, the software will run in the 30-days trial period.
The second remark seems to be much more challenging.

Maybe the Vagrant snap package can be a good first step?