The long awaited Vivid Vervet has arrived and makes its debut on traffic tool as a VMware image. Just go to the download page and fetch it.
Is it worth it? This is the typical question that arises since some years when a new Ubuntu distro lands on planet Earth. The user interface got strange, outright alien. We think that Ubuntu still shines as a solid distro with a huge package size in the repositories. Additionally this Ubuntu appliance has the VMware tools installed. So yes, it is worth it.
What exactly can you expect from the UI? It is still the same Unity thing that comes with a terminal-like start menu. You have to guess the program’s name, type in a few letters and select from a large list that possibly doesn’t include what you wanted. On some machines this is awfully slow. Ubuntu needs graphics acceleration and at least older VMware hardware combos don’t offer that.
If you plan to use this VM image as a tool box, a frame work for using the vast Linux tools, you are probably better off with looking at Lubuntu or Xubuntu.
The terminal tool that searches for your utility also peeks into the Internet and comes up with search results from a very commercial Ubuntu site. In our version this “extended” behavior is turned of. We also disabled some window animations.
As a conclusion, this VMware image is somewhat usable with a fast machine. But nonetheless, the simple start menu of Lubuntu and its absolute swiftness is what tool users probably want.