Found these two links to information about VMware Tools not working with Ubuntu 8.10. I’ve been looking for a solution to this myself since testing with Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 5…
- VMware Communities: VMware Tools don’t work on Ubuntu 8.10 …
- Frequently Asked Questions about Guest OSes
- Bug #285305: vmmouse doesn’t work with input hotplug
From the FAQ:
Tools compile cleanly on 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) but do not work
There are several aspects to this – soft ungrab not working, mouse clicks being displaced, vmware-user not starting (and so Unity and other dependent features don’t work).
vmware-user not starting appears to be related to Intrepid’s autostart format having changed. A workaround is to go to System > Preferences > Sessions in the Ubuntu desktop menu and add /usr/bin/vmware-user as a startup command.
open-vm-tools may also work.