A long while ago I wrote of how to install vmware player on Ubuntu 6.06 aka 'Dapper Drake'. That post has been one of my more popular, and since then installing VMWare player has gotten a lot easier.
Update:: I've made a new guide that's an extension of this. You may find it useful for more modern versions of ubuntu ... check it out
Disclaimer: I use kernel version 2.6.15-26-386. Yours may differ. Use
to tell what you're running
apt-get install gcc-3.4 build-essential linux-headers-2.6.15-26-386
If you use a different kernel version, search the package repository for the appropriate headers package.
Before you install vmware player, you must first set the current C compiler to GCC 3.4. To do this:
The reason for this is that the vmware kernel module must must be compiled with the same compiler used to compile the kernel. In Dapper, this is seemingly gcc 3.4.
Then, download and install the tar.gz vmware install package, extract it and run the perl setup script.
When the time comes to give the path to the kernel source headers, use the path
The rest of the install should go without a hitch.
I'm not a big fan of Fedora Core, despite how many people swear by it. But anything redhat has huge visability -- that's a major problem in my opinon.
If you want traditional 'enterprise' Red-Hat, go with Centos (a debranded version of RHEL).
This article is more oriented towards power windows users. My thoughts on the matter is that an inexperienced computer user familiar with windows is more likely to be unable to make the transition by themselves.