Ubuntu 14.04 VMware image with LTS
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is out and here is the Trusty Tahr VMware image. It already has the VMware Tools installed and comes with five years support from Ubuntu. Download it, enjoy it, and read about our alternative Lubuntu and Xubuntu 14.04 images below.
Ubuntu's Trusty Tahr got polished quite a bit, but its biggest advantage is the long term support. Additionally we have installed and tested the VMware Tools. What you get is a reliable Ubuntu distribution with the Unity desktop.
That's the double-edged sword of all newer Ubuntu images. It may be a modern desktop that is also usable on pad computers. But Unity virtualized in a VMware image suffers still from slow performance in some cases when 3d acceleration by the host hardware is missing. There can be various reasons why the acceleration doesn't work.
Try it and if you find Trusty Tahr to be a sneaky snail, download our other 14.04 images from Ubuntu with the LXDE or the xfce desktop:
Another option would be to use the Ubuntu 12.04 image with the classic Gnome desktop:
All three are much faster than the unaccelerated standard Ubuntu 14.04 image.
Then there is something else. The Unity desktop has no start menu anymore. Instead it has the Dash. The Dash is a search form that combines DOS-like behavior -- the good old world of typing commands -- with a modern and flashy iconic paradise. Or isn't it? Ubuntu also mixes by default Amazon search results into what was deemed to be your start menu. Sigh...
We have turned this advertising behavior off. Still, what you see is not what you have. The Dash mixes in available programs that are not installed. Ubuntu likes to lure its users into their software shop with their Ubuntu Software Manager. This is great if you want to browse recommended software, but for searching by program name Synaptic, the standard Gnome package manager, is better suited. We have added it to the system and it is even available from the tool bar, so that you actually can find it ;)
Fortunately we have two other fine Ubuntu image alternatives to this new DOS-Amazon marketing maniac. The other flavors of Ubuntu, especially Xubuntu with the nice xfce desktop system and Lubuntu with LXDE, do it better. These classic desktops offer speed and the ergonomic start menu together with a task bar. Our recommendation for your daily work goes to the Xubuntu VMware image. If you want the fastest one, download the Lubuntu VMware image.
However, if the 3d hardware acceleration works, Ubuntu's Unity may have its friends...
Applications: Firefox, Rhythmbox, Shotwell, Simple Scan, Brasero, Remmina, GCC and other tools.
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