The latest VMware Player 4.0.3 fails to install in Ubuntu 12.04 (with Linux Kernel 3.2.x) due to a Virtual Network Device error, but you can get it to work using a patch. Here’s how to do it.
Install VMware Player in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (Linux Kernel 3.2)
1. Download VMware Player in your home folder. You’ll have to register before downloading (or search for some alternate download link).
Note: if you’re using Google Chrome, the downloaded file will have “.txt” extension – rename the extension to “.bundle”.
2. Now let’s install the required dependencies and run the downloaded VMware .bundle file: