For some time VMware Player has been a free option for people to run pre-built VMs, perhaps supplied to them by their employer, or by an ISV. To construct a VM it has been necessary to use a more functional product such as VMware Workstation.
However, the new version of VMware Player, currently in Beta, is expected to allow you to create your own VMs, thus allowing an individual to download VMware Player and Ubuntu and within a few minutes have a LAMP stack running on their Windows PC. The process is quite streamlined and the product is neat, simple to use and well-documented. Continue reading VMware Player – still no threat to VirtualBox