PlayerStage Simulator Exercises close immidiatly after opening

I am using the VM provided by:
I am able to deploy SystemLaserObstacleAvoidP3dxPlayerStageSimulator and start the scenario. When I then select a world, a window with the map appears and then immediately closes down again with the following error messages in the terminals:

The Player/Stage Simulator is still there for historical reasons. It is not actively supported but still seems to run on most configurations.
I strongly recommend to use the Webots simulator as described in the latest tutorials (
The simple exercises (wall following etc.) can also be done within one of the Webots worlds.