Today I succesfully installed and tried out vmware player on my Windows XP machine, and tried the pre-built Browser Appliance provided by vmware, it comes with ubuntu as the OS, and is a real pleasure to use. The benefit of vmware is that once I configure and save the virtual machine (VM) environment, I can allow anyone to use the VM and browse internet through it without worrying about what they are downloading and installing. Every time the browser appliance VM is restarted, it provides the same initial envionment, and everything saved/installed during the previous session is deleted, unless one saves an image of it. It is ideal environment for accessing bank accounts and doing credit card purchases on the Internet.
Now, I am downloading the pre-built SLES VM, it is a huge download, but should be worth it.