The installer of VMWare Workstation (and Player) hangs on Ubuntu Karmic 9.10.
„Cause: the installer runs vmware-modconfig-console which produces enough output with some kernels that the python engine deadlocks is command piplining during the compile.“
You need 2 consoles.
In the first one type:
sudo -i while true; do killall -9 vmware-modconfig-console; sleep 1; done
In the second one start the installer:
sudo ./VMware-Workstation-6.5.3-185404.x86_64.bundle --ignore-errors
Note: Replace the bundle file name with your product (32-bit version for example).
After the installation stop the command in console one with „strg+c“ and type:
vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
Now the installation is finished and you can use the installed VMWare product.
I found this workaround in the VMWare community forum: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/228949
VMWare Downloads: http://www.vmware.com/products/