I want to install VMware Player on Ubuntu 9.04. The official VMware download page does not have a
deb package. Should I use their RPM? Or is there a better way to do this?
The VMWare Player installation on Ubuntu is much different than VMWare Server. It's entirely painless, and many less steps. Download the '.bundle' version for Linux after registering on the VMWare website. Save .bundle file to your desktop (or where ever). From a command prompt, run:
and follow the on screen installation wizard (it's pretty straight forward - I don't think you need to install/compile any additional components with Ubuntu 9.04 - it's currently supported out of the box).
For installing VMWare Server on Debian/Lenny you need to use the .tgz download. There are a few recipes for the procedure, including this one that I happen to have bookmarked. The procedure for Ubuntu should be similar, if not identical, and the procedure for Player (rather than Server) should be similarly similar.
Edit: there are in fact instructions for VMWare Server install on Ubuntu 9.04 on howtoforge too. None specific to Player though.