Linux/OS Recommendations

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Linux Distribution choice

The following Linux distributions have been tested with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Fusion and are the recommended choice:

  • Gentoo
  • OpenSUSE 11.4

Other Linux distributions reported to also work with 32-bit Fusion:

  • OpenSUSE 10.1
  • OpenSUSE 11.2
  • OpenSUSE 11.3
  • Fedora 9
  • Fedora 12
  • Fedora 13

Although Fedora is a popular distribution, we find that sites with OpenSUSE installations have an easier time configuring and maintaining their systems.

For 64-bit installations, the distribution must be built with and include gcc 4.5.2 or later. This means that old distributions, such as CentOS 5.x or Ubuntu 10.x will not work. This is due to a bug in gcc, which causes issues with the way floating point numbers are handled.

32-bit vs 64-bit

Linux versions of Fusion are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants as of Fusion 6.2. All Linux versions of Fusion require 32-bit application support. This requires no additional libraries on 32-bit Linux distributions, however on 64-bit Linux distributions, 32-bit compatibility libraries must be installed. At a minimum, this will consist of system libraries, X11 and OpenGL libraries, ALSA libraries and font libraries. The list will vary from distribution to distribution.


Fusion also requires up to date graphics card drivers. The following NVIDIA driver versions are known to work:

  • 260.19.12
  • 256.53
  • 180.22
  • 173.14.12
  • 173.14.15 (beta)

Gentoo is the only distribution that has up to date NVIDIA drivers available as standard. OpenSUSE users can add a source for the official NVIDIA driver packages. Fedora users will have to either resort to third party RPM package repositories, such as RPMFusion, or use the NVIDIA installer.

There is a known problem (not Limited to Fusion) with Xorg server 10.x and all nvidia drivers in the 270.x series as of June 2011. The symptoms include screen corruption, slow operation, X11 crashes and even total hardware lockups, requiring a hard power off. For this reason, we do not recommend Fedora 15 or other distributions that default to Xorg server 10.x, if you are using nvidia drivers.

Desktop environment

We suggest KDE as the preferred desktop environment. Other environments, such as Gnome, Xfce and LXDE, may also work.


On systems with SELinux, we recommend disabling SELinux all together. This can be done by editing /etc/selinux/config and commenting all lines, except the following:



Fusion uses ALSA for audio, so ALSA libraries are required.


PulseAudio is known to interfere with the proper operation of ALSA in Fusion. It is recommended that PulseAudio is uninstalled. In particular, alsa-plugins-pulseaudio should not be installed.

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