Run this Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine on the free VMware Player from vmware.com. This is a great way to run Ubuntu Linux from the comfort of Windows. Use it for fun, for work, for education or for software/web development.
Yes, you could download the Ubuntu CD images, create a blank virtual machine, walk through the Ubuntu installation process, then download and install the Ubuntu updates. But your time is more valuable than that. All income from these sales goes to overhead and maintenance. Anything left over we donate to Debian, 'the rock upon which Ubuntu is built.'
This virtual machine is the one we use in our software testing and packaging. It was created using CD images from ubuntu.com. We tested the SHA1 checksum of the initial downloads, and we update the virtual machine software packages monthly. This virtual machine is localized in US English, Central Time Zone. Other than that, it is a stock Ubuntu 12.04 system.
The download is a 2.4GB zip file, which can take awhile to download. Unzipped, it is almost 6GB, which can take up considerable space on your hard disk. Its disk size can grow over time if it needs more space.
All user and administrator passwords are password.