OpenSUSE 12.1 guest in VMWare Workstation has no applications menu in Unity mode


I run a VM with OpenSUSE 12.1 x86_64 and Gnome 3 as a guest. The host is VMWare workstation 8.0.1 on Windows 7 . I currently use Unity mode, but the applications menu is empty. I do get the ‘OpenSUSE’ button on top of the Windows start menu when hovering, but no applications are listed.

On the VM I have the stock open-vm-tools packages installed:


I did not install the Workstation-bundled tools since I have had problems with those on OpenSUSE 12.1 ( see for instance ).

I’m not sure where to start looking, so any hints are welcome