Ubuntu 12.04 VMware image with long-term support
The highly awaited Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin version with the long running support of five years is out. It comes like the last Ubuntu with the Gnome desktop derivative Unity. If you look for the latest VMware Ubuntu image, we can recommend our Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr image.
The best thing about the new Ubuntu is, of course, its long-term support. Its hard to argue with that. But if you like more the old-fashioned desktops from the era of Gnome 2, see below what alternatives there are.
The latest quarterly earnings report of Microsoft shows that the Windows division increased its revenues unexpectedly by 4%. Is that the margin that the Linux desktops just lost in market share, because of the indigestible user experiences of Gnome 3 and Unity? Anyway, perhaps Unity is indeed more suited for notebooks than the old-style start menu and taskbar philosophy. I think otherwise, but who knows... At least this version has the long-term support from Ubuntu.
Fortunately there are direct replacement alternatives for Ubuntu lovers. Most notably we have on our site the fine Lubuntu 12.04 image with the LXDE desktop environment. It looks similar to Gnome 2, but is much faster. L stands for lightweight. The same Lubuntu 12.04 image but with VMware Tools is also waiting for you. That one seems to be the best Ubuntu appliance option right now.
If you want a stripped-down version without any applications and only system tools, the basic Lubuntu 12.04 image with VMware Tools may be the right one for you. This one is useful as a base image for your own VMware app.
The other alternative is the Linux Mint 12 image. It comes with a modified Gnome 3 desktop. The Mint team has developed an addition to Gnome 3 so that it looks and feels like Gnome 2.
Applications: Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Rhythmbox, Shotwell, Simple Scan, Brasero, Remmina, Gwibber, and some more tools for viewing, playing, tweaking, and editing.
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