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In this guide we will be going through the process of installing VMware Workstation in Ubuntu 9.04. This guide assumes you have already installed Ubuntu 9.04 and have installed all the latest system updates.
The first thing you need to do is download the latest version of VMware Workstation from VMware. VMware provides 4 different packages to choose from, you need to download either the 32-bit or 64-bit '.bundle' version depending if you are running the 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Ubuntu. The '.rpm' packages are not suitable for Ubuntu.
We now need a terminal window to enter a few commands. Go to Applications at the top left of your guest, then Accessories and then click on Terminal.
In the terminal type in the following making sure to replace '/path/to/file' to point to the location you downloaded the '.bundle' file to:
sudo sh /path/to/file/VMware-Workstation-6.5.3-185404.i386.bundle
You will be asked to enter your password, enter it to continue.
The installation of VMware Workstation is now complete, you can open it from Applications → System Tools.