Ubuntu 13.04 VMware image
The newest Ubuntu just came out and here we have the Raring Ringtail VMware image for you. This image has the slowness of the Ubuntu 12.10 image inherited. If you want a really swift VMware Ubuntu image or know how to speed up this one, see below what your options are.
One interesting alternative is the much faster Ubuntu 12.04 LTS image with VM Tools. It has the VMware Tools already on board and enjoys also the long-term support of Ubuntu. Otherwise it starts with the same desktop environment named Unity as the current Ubuntu.
Unity is similar to Gnome 3. It lacks a hierarchical start menu and a task bar. For most people this seems to be a major drawback. Users now have to enter the beginning of the name of an application into the dash to search for it and then run it.
But there is more to it...
For instance, if you want to start Brasero the disk burner, and you enter 'bra' into the search pane of the dash to actually get a link to it, the new and shiny Ubuntu will additionally present you many fine ads, contextually, of course. You would have to change the privacy settings to try it -- we disabled this sort of efficient computer work by default.
If you like the old-fashioned way of being able to actually use and control your computer, we have the following recommendations for you:
So, both of the above are much faster, especially the Lubuntu image, and both feature a "normal" and useable desktop. They are simply the better choice. But if you want or must use the latest standard VMware Ubuntu image, here are two tuning tips:
These tuning methods will have only a limited effect and will not completely compensate Ubuntu's current sluggishness running as a virtual system. But they may assure that your guest applications work more reliable and your patience gets not overly taxed.
Preinstalled software: Firefox, Libre-Office, Thunderbird, Rhythmbox, Simple Scan, Shotwell, Brasero, Remmina, and some more utilites.
Zip md5: 514110a94de4f6a7332d2ef1a43955f1