Ubuntu 14.04 LTS VMware image
The long awaited Ubuntu 14.04 just came out and we have canned the Trusty Tahr for you into a VMware image. VMware Tools are also installed along with some other useful tools. Enjoy!
The fine thing about this Ubuntu image is that it has correctly working VMware Tools on board. It is also a relative light download and, of course, it comes with the five year support from the Ubuntu team.
The not so fine thing is its dependence on 3d acceleration by hardware. Unfortunately this can be for some virtualized guest systems still a big problem. It may have to do with your host system and the used graphics driver or even with your hardware. Intel graphics and some AMD chips don't seem to work reliable enough for Ubuntu. If the Ubuntu OS detects these hardware pieces it silently turns the acceleration off and there are more reasons why it may not work. Without the 3d acceleration the Thar is lame.
What can be done to speed up the Trusty Thar if 3d is not working hardware accelerated? We already have disabled effects like window fading and animations with the Compiz config settings manager, which got additionally installed to accomplish this task. That eases the slowness somewhat, but working with the decelerated Thar can be still annoying. There are some things you could try:
Instead of giving your computer setup a haircut you could also just use some other VMware image from us:
Sadly, the older standard Ubuntu 12.04 LTS above uses already this new desktop made by Ubuntu. Its name is Unity, but a better name would be Clunky. Ubuntu likes mismatching or strange names. Thar -- is that a clumsy animal?
If the Trusty Thar comes as a swallow in its LXDE garment, then it is sweet and swift. Just try the Lubuntu image! It also has the long term support and comes like the original with VMware Tools.
Here is what you could do to mitigate the Tahr's clunkiness a bit:
In order to make this download a bit lighter, we have removed LibreOffice and ThunderBird that were present in the original installation. To get them back, just start Synaptic from the launcher and search for LibreOffice or Thunderbird.
The Compiz config settings manager got installed to be able to control some slowing effects. Additionally we installed the Synaptic package manager. The Ubuntu Software Center can comfortably show you well known packages. But finding something by program name or associated description seems not to be its straights.
Preinstalled software: Firefox, Brasero, Rhythmbox, Empathy, Orca, Transmission, Remmina, CompizConfig, GCC, Synaptic and some more games and utilites.
Zip md5: c05bb690d01462be3ddd5f4b8106b9c5