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On this site there are a lots of questions about setting up Ubuntu on a virtual machine. That rouses a question: why doesn't Canonical release "official" virtual machine images for Ubuntu?

In my opinion, the easiest way to try Ubuntu (as a Windows user) is to download a vmware image and run it. Just a click, and it works :-).

At present, you can find virtual machine images from internet forums, for example, I downloaded this: http://www.trendsigma.net/vmware/ubuntu1104.html

and it works great. But it would be more convenient - and secure - if some images were available on the official site. A torrent file would be enough, that would eliminate bandwidth problems.

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closed as not constructive by fossfreedom Jun 15 '12 at 13:48

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I don't really understand the need. It would always take more time to download the extra data than it would take to install it from an ISO yourself. And it's really easy. There are images for the cloud to simplify that, but for local VMs, I don't see a need. You'd need a large amount of images, you know. For different types of disk images, hypervisors, etc. –  Jo-Erlend Schinstad Apr 30 '12 at 6:06
Thank you. I also found this: turnkeylinux.org –  Vesa Linja-aho May 9 '12 at 10:48
This perhaps can only be answered by Canonical themselves as to "why". As such, please contact them directly. –  fossfreedom Jun 15 '12 at 13:48