This weekend I discovered that there is a Linux distribution, Debian Jessie, that now has the Raspberry Pi Desktop, download from here.
So I installed it as a virtual machine on my Windows 10 PC using VMWare Professsional Pro 14. The only difficulty was getting VMWare Tools working to allow automatic screen resizing and file sharing. Found some good info on the VMWare communities site (search for vmware tools debian jessie). From this thread there is a great perl script to help install VMWare Tools. The only modification I made was to delete –default from the line that runs the VMWare installer, without which the script will suggest an alternative option and abandon the installation.
I made a YouTube video of my virtual machine installation and VMWare tools configuration:
The script for VMWare tools:
#!/bin/bash sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade echo "Do go and mount your cdrom from the VMware menu" echo "press any key to continue" read -n 1 -s mount /dev/cdrom cd /media/cdrom0 cp VMwareTools-*.tar.gz /tmp cd /tmp tar xvzf VMwareTools-*.tar.gz cd vmware-tools-distrib/ sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends libglib2.0-0 sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends build-essential sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gcc-4.3 linux-headers-`uname -r` sudo ./vmware-install.pl sudo /etc/init.d/networking stop sudo rmmod pcnet32 sudo rmmod vmxnet sudo modprobe vmxnet sudo /etc/init.d/networking start