Installing VMware Tools on a Linux host is very simple. All you need to do is make sure the headers for your current kernel and GCC are installed. Here is an example of the commands you would run for Debian/Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic gcc
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
cp /media/cdrom/VMware*.tar.gz /tmp
sudo umount /media/cdrom
tar xzvf VMware*.gz
You should now notice your Linux VMs are more responsive and have a few more options.