Reat That Fantastic Manual.
From VMware Workstation User's Manual for VMware Workstation 7.1, pages 172 and 173:
Accelerated 3-D Restrictions
Support for applications that use
DirectX 9 accelerated graphics applies
only to Windows XP guests, on hosts
running Windows XP, Windows Vista,
Windows 7, or Linux. This feature
currently has the following
Workstation now offers support for DirectX games and applications with
DirectX versions 9 and lower.
Support for 3‐D applications is not optimized for performance.
OpenGL applications run in software emulation mode.
You cannot use the record/replay.
If the support for OpenGL is missing
for Linux guests in Workstation 7.1 I
don't think it's present in any
previous version. Documentation for
VMware Server does not even mention