Re: VMware on Linux or Windows
There are two answers to this:
First of all if you will run Vmware server, run it on Linux ALL THE WAY, as long as you feel comfortable with it. If you end up with a problem you are not able to fix on the host, your guests are gone !
Second of all, Use a real version of vmware infrastructure ! They have a starter edition now that is not much more costly than buying a Windows license to run on your host. (Well, I guess you are running Enterprise which includes 1physical + 4vm licenses though..)