Doh, never mind, doing the old "export VMWARE_SKIP_MODULES=true" before the install and then installing the modules afterwards did the trick.
I have a very strong feeling that it is the exact same issue as what I encountered when installing for Fedora Core 11. The solution in that case is to rename /etc/vmware/database to /etc/vmware/database.bak and delete away /etc/vmware/database.lck when it stuck at 62% (from another bash shell) then you will get pass that install process. After that, rename /etc/vmware/database.bak to /etc/vmware/database.
Search for FC 11 6.5.3 here in this community for more info.
Hope that will help you.
Perhaps, however I was able to get everything installed by skipping the installation of the modules on the inital install. Then when I tried to open the application it installed the modules without any more problems.
Seems for at least Ubuntu 9.10 the fix was:
# chmod +x VMware-Workstation-6.5.3-185404.x86_64.bundle
# export VMWARE_SKIP_MODULES=true
Lastly, thanks for the details on what you found, perhaps with that the powers to be can fix their bundle. ?:|
The export skip modules got my installation past the stall point. Thanks guys.