I have just installed the 30 days trial version of VMware on my laptop.
It has a double purpose in my case: home banking and cross browser testing of websites. Currently both require access to MSIE. I know there are banks with home banking systems that work with Linux/Mozilla, and I also use one such bank, but I have good pecuniary reasons to stay with one Danish bank that doesn’t. Website testing requires access to several versions of MSIE to be sure.
VMware doesn’t support Debian systems as the host OS, but it works quite well, nonetheless. It is a funny feeling watch Windows boot in a window 🙂 but also reassuring to know it happens in a sandbox.
The only problem I had was getting the VM to communicate with the rest of the world through my wireless NIC. If I set up the normal eth0 interface as a bridged interface in the VM, everything was fine, but if I switched it to the wireless (an Atheros based card using the madwifi driver), there were no connection. After many tries I got the VM to communicate with the world outside using a NAT interface.
Only later I discovered here that it is not possible to use a wireless NIC as a bridged interface wth VMware. There is a short thread about this on VMwares support forum.