Why does a ubuntu 13.04 guest in vmware run very slowly?
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This is a common problem. Ubuntu's Unity desktop needs hardware graphics acceleration, and is probably not able to get at it. There may be some way of configuring VMware (I've never used it) or maybe it's just a bad idea to run such a graphics-hungry desktop on a virtual machine in the first place. If you like Ubuntu, try using the Gnome version and switching to Gnome Classic. If you like Unity, I can do nothing but sympathise (and wonder)!