Ubuntu seems to decide periodically to install open-vm-tools. This overwrites the proprietary VMware software installation and angers my VMware Workstation instances.
It seems like this occurs because the default VMware tools installation process does not let the Ubuntu package manager know it is installing -- so Ubuntu goes ahead every time it updates and installs open-vm-tools.
How can I prevent open-vm-tools from being installed, ever, by apt, even accidentally by me, or as a suggested package? In CentOS I know I can exclude packages from being installed / updated by yum -- I imagine there is something similar for apt in Ubuntu / Debian world.