So today I decided to install Linux on my Dell Inspiron 6400. Then I decided to make it even more interesting by installing VMWare on top of it so that I could install Windows XP Pro on top of that.
Read about it here
Downloaded VMWare from VMWare.com. Extracted the .tar.gz and attempted to install as a user, not root. Didn't work. SU'd to root, and it started installing. Got to the point where it asked for the serial number and it didn't work. Turns out for some strange reason the xlibs-dev needed to be installed before the serial # would validate. If you
apt-get install xlibs-dev
then you can go to Help->Enter Serial Number in the VMWare Server Console and it will accept the serial # you have.
Now you can install a guest os… such as