For the past year I have been using Unity, but it seems to not play 100% well with VMware. I have now switched to the GNOME version of Ubuntu 13.10
and it seems much better. So for me, this is now my distribution of choice. Before I made this decision, I did try some other distributions with GNOME, but
they all lacked the ease of use that Ubuntu has, so back to Ubuntu, but with GNOME. VMware is running flawlessly now.