I haven't played with VMware in ages, and last time it was on Windows. #375552 reminded me that VMware had done some funky free (as in beer) stuff with their products lately, so I took another look, rather than playing moreinfo ping pong with the bug submitter via the BTS.
I grabbed the RPMs, and used the very cool alien to convert them to Debian packages, including the maintainer scripts, and they installed faultlessly.
I ran the /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl script, and it also faultlessly built a kernel module, chucked stuff in the menus, and I was in business.
The VMware console app looks nice and GNOME-like, and installing Debian GNU/kFreeBSD in a VM was a fairly painless experience. The whole thing was very easy and the product seems nice.