Just because I like to see the release happening before the end of the month, here is a VM http://bit.ly/1rE8jiH
. OVA file, only 134MB download, everything (except IOU, of course) is included. Created in VirtualBox; I have not tried it in VmWare, but I do not see a reason it should not work.
This is helping me a lot, thank you! I have the VM running and the size is great. How have you squeezed Debian so much? Also, that would be great if you are able to post some instructions (for creating new VMs in the future) or merge your work to the preseed file posted above. Of course this isn't urgent, I really appreciate your help.
Edit: There are 2 users - rrot and gns3, the passwords for both are the same "cisco"
I quickly guessed the password before you updated your post ;)
EDIT: I've updated the requirements a bit (see first post).