Upgrade to Opensuse Leap 15.2 with old CPU – get VMware 12.5.9 running

Readers of this blog know that we have a PC with a relative old CPU – an i7 950. I have no intention to replace it at the moment. Although it still is a very capable CPU VMware stopped support for it with their Workstation 14.0. The last version which worked for this old CPU was Vmware WS 12.5.9, which fortunately was one of the first versions that supported Windows 10 as a guest OS.

Whenever I upgraded Opensuse Leap on the named PC during the last years I had to make use of the work of a nice guy named Michal Kubeček, who generously publishes patches for older VMware WS versions on GitHub.
See: https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules

In previous articles I have already referred to one of his patches which worked well with Opensuse Leap 15.0 and 15.1 – and kernel 4.x. See:
VMware WS 12.5.9 on Opensuse Leap 15.1

Now, with Leap 15.2 we eventually got a kernel version 5.3. Therefore, you have to download a different file from the GitHub repository. Look out there for branch “tmp/workstation-12.5.9-k5.10” and clone the code there or download
wget https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/archive/refs/heads/tmp/workstation-12.5.9-k5.10.zip
wget https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/archive/tmp/workstation-12.5.9-k5.10.tar.gz

After an expansion the recipe given in the previous article named above can be applied:

wget https://github.com/mkubecek/vmware-host-modules/archive/tmp/workstation-12.5.9-k5.10.tar.gz
tar -xzf workstation-12.5.9-k5.10.tar.gz
cd vmware-host-modules-workstation-12.5.9-k5.10
make install

and (if its the first time you applied such a patch)

cd /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libfontconfig.so.1
mv libfontconfig.so.1 libfontconfig.so.1.old
ln -s /usr/lib64/libfontconfig.so.1

Worked without problems on my system. And a Win10 installation is happily running on the old PC.

Thank you very much, Michal Kubeček.