I recently tried to create VM with Ubuntu 20.04 using physical disk under Windows 10 and at first start, then it suppose to boot from ISO and start installation it displayed error that partition file system is unknown. So after a while I solved it. This is short summary of how.
First, need prepare physical drive. In Windows DiskManager delete all partitions and create new one with out formatting and dont assign "Drive Letter" either. In should be "Raw".
Then create new VM and for a disk type select "Use a physical disk (for advanced users) and "Use entire disk".
Select Ubuntu ISO image in CD-ROM settings for install.
When new VM starts, keep pressing "F2" to get to VM BIOS menu. Once in BIOS go to "Boot" tab and using "-/+" buttons move "CD-ROM Driver" to top position and "Hard Drive"/"VMware Virtual SCSI Hard Drive" to second top. Save and restart VM. It will boot from ISO image. Complete installion.
Apparently, free version of Xilinx Vivado tools (WebPACK edition) now include Logic and Serial I/O Analyzer license! Basically, it now includes all features and an equivalent of old Vivado Design Edition + Vivado HLS, but limited for next devices: Artix-7 (7A35T-7A200T), Kintex-7(7K70T,7K160T) and Zynq-7000 (XC7Z7010,XC7Z7015,XC7Z7020,XC7Z7030).
I think this is a move in a right direction. How you can effectively debug hardware design without Logic Analyzer?
I don't saying we shall get everything for free, but tools must be more affordable. Current prices on full blown versions are too high.
Today Xilinx released an update to its Vivado. New version number is 2015.2 and biggest news to me is that it now supports Ubuntu Linux 14.04 TLS(64-bit). It also have number of bugs fixed, but not much of new features - just a support for a few new devices and added CDC report.
Also, just like with 2015.1 where is no Petalinux update. At least yet.