Ubuntu 11.10 aka Oneiric Ocelot comes here canned into a VMware image. For running it you will need the free VMware Player software. See the online docs about this Ubuntu 11.10 VMware image that will get you started. VMware Tools are already installed and tested and our attempts to install the Gnome Shell instead of the Unity desktop are also described there. Finally, here is more general info about running VMware images and solving some pitfalls available.