After struggling for two days trying to get VMware installed on 32-bit Gutsy, I was able finally able to get it going using the following steps.
Thanks a ton to bkingx for his help in locating the xorg-dev package. Without that, the installer fails to accept any serial numbers, and hence prevents VMWare Server from being properly installed.
Installation of VMware Server:
1. Download VMware Server source from the VMware website.
1a. Be sure to register to recieve your serial number(s)
2. Extract the archive to some location on your system
3. Ensure that you have some prerequisites installed in order to compile these sources
tar -zxvf VMware-server*
4. CD to the newly create folder and run:
sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xorg-dev xinetd
5. Select all the default options.
If you want the web based management user interface (MUI), then follow these additional steps:
1. Configure the default shell to be bash and not dash.
2. Return to the VMware website and grab the MUI archive.
sudo ln -sf /bin/bash /bin/sh
3. Extract the files from the MUI archive.
4. CD into newly created directory and run:
tar -zxvf VMware-mui*
5. Accept all the defaults.
6). Access the MUI by pointing your browser to https://[your server ip address]:8333
When all is said and done, you'll have VMWare running on the machine, and (assuming you installed the MUI as well) will be able to get some basic information about your server via a web browser.