Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin VMware image
The Precise Pangolin, also known as Ubuntu 12.04, is the latest edition from Ubuntu with five years support.
Ubuntu has lately chosen to take a new route of desktop user experience with its Unity UI. Similar to Gnome with its Gnome Shell and Windows with its edition #8 UI desktop developers now seem to be anxiously influenced by Apples success with its iOS.
Has the usability really increased with this mixture of traditional desktop and handheld gadget UIs? We don't think so, and that's why we are going to also make alternative downloads available for systems like Linux Mint or Lubuntu.
Otherwise the Precise Pangolin enjoys the long-term support of five years by Ubuntu and the stability and maturity that people are accustomed to. Typically Linux Mint, which is derived either from Ubuntu or from Debian, comes in the months following the Ubuntu release out with their own versions of desktop user interfaces. Ubuntu itself has embraced the LXDE system by officially supporting it with its Lubuntu flavor. Perhaps they know that Unity doesn't have only friends? Let's stay tuned for the alternatives...
This image comes without VMware Tools. While the installed Tools offer some nice or even necessary features like Shared Folders they also have a drawback. Updating the base image with the newest distro updates may break the current VMware Tools installation. This is the long-term support version, and thus it may be important to have an image without installed Tools. Its companion, the Ubuntu 12.04 image with VMware Tools, is also available on this site.
Moreover, we have now also added the Lubuntu 12.04 image with VMware Tools. It enjoys the same long-term support as the standard Unity version that sails directly under the Ubuntu brand.
Preinstalled apps: Libre-Office, Thunderbird, Firefox, Simple Scan, Shotwell, Rhythmbox, Brasero, Gwibber, Remmina, development tools, misc tools.
Zip md5: 10dd0e5b20af686df5b86b4785b2e4b2