VMware Player is a closed source freeware virtualization solution with a feature set similar to VirtualBox and KVM. Its only significant advantage (which is increasing less relevant) is that unlike VirtualBox and KVM, it can emulate a 64-bit guest without virtualization extensions in the processor (VT-x / AMD-V). Additional features are offered in VMware's enterprise alternative, VMware Workstation (also installable via Portage).
app-emulation/vmware-player like many binaries is frequently not marked stable, so must be unmasked by running, for example:
For more information on unmasking such packages, see Knowledge Base:Accepting a keyword for a single package.
As Portage will inform you, it must be configured to use networking:
Some modules from app-emulation/vmware-modules must be loaded. Start VMware services and load modules:
To optionally have load on boot:
Add user to vmware group:
The simplest way to have this group applicable is to log out and back in.
Despite hard RDEPEND on gnome-base/libgtop, gnome-base/orbit and x11-libs/libgksu in recent ebuilds, these dependencies can be removed in a local overlay copy and the application will still install and function.