vmware and linux
well, you can use vmware, but the network card is a 'virtual' one.
Check out the faq on the vmware site to get the correct installation procedure for this card. it's possible that some distributions don't find this virtual nic automatically.
After reading and installing, if you do an 'lsmod' command you should (unless it's compiled into kernel, wich probably isn't) see the driver for your virtual card.