I just installed VMWare Workstation 8.0.3 on ubuntu 12.04
Everytime it starts up it says that vmware needs ~/.vmware to save preferences and that it is unable to create ~/.vmware
But ~/.vmware is already a directory. Any thoughts
You should never run as root unless you are explicitly trying to modify your system. VMWare Workstation does not need root access to simply run a guest machine. Likely your permission were changed to root owning your ~/.vmware folder during install. You just need to change the ownership back to your user.