I don’t think VMware will do ARM emulation, will it?
QEMU will work - at least enough that I can build with userspace emulation on an Ubuntu host. Haven’t tried full machine emulation yet.
However your best bet is to run it natively, there’s really nothing ARM-specific in there.
Both piaware-mutability and dump1090-mutability will work on Ubuntu and probably anything Debian-like.
I don’t currently release packages built for Ubuntu etc, but I can if there’s interest.
Or you can build your own fairly trivially, something like this:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential debhelper librtlsdr-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev pkg-config tcl8.5-dev autoconf
$ git clone https://github.com/mutability/dump1090 -b v1.10.3010.14mu-12 # HEAD might be a bit unstable right now
$ git clone https://github.com/mutability/tcllauncher -b debian-package
$ git clone https://github.com/mutability/piaware -b debian-package
$ cd dump1090 && dpkg-buildpackage -b
$ cd tcllauncher && dpkg-buildpackage -b
$ cd piaware && dpkg-buildpackage -b