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 PostPost subject: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:48 am 
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I have had a thought of putting together a VM repository. It might be easier for people to try machines out easily without having to install the os etc...

Would people be interested in this?

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:22 pm 
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Interesting idea.. i'v been thinking about the save.

The question remains to what VM tech to use (virtualbox, vmware, ms virt. server, hyper-v etc.)

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:55 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:03 pm 
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I've worked on a similiar idea to put on BA, but instead of providing pre-installed VM:s I am working on a web-based system where you login through VNC (or something similiar) and control a VM directly from my server. Every VM would be preinstalled according to a specific standard to provide the real experience for anyone wanting to test it (no custom hacks, default desktop as when freshly installed etc).

The problem with providing VM:s as files is that when the host software (VMWare, VPC) is updated with a major change the VM stops working or they need patching to work with new drivers, formats etc. So in the end you would spend tons of work making a VM that won't work after a few months or a year without fiddling... And no one wants to be forced to install and uninstall multiple VM hosts software just to try a VM.

With my solution anyone can logon and play with the stuff, and as soon as they log out the changes are reverted to the defaults for the next viewer. The drawback is that you need an internet connection and can't save the changes, but for that you can actually install the build yourself.

If anyone got any suggestions let me know. And keep working on your idea hougtimo =).

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:13 pm 
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Something in the line of VMWare ESX (ESXi) with and then share it on the net with an VPN/VNC.

And for the people who maintain builds (if any are needed) Virtual Infrastructure client.

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:05 pm 
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Im thinking of doing a VM everyone can use (itll be at http://alpc.no-ip.biz:1024/) itll be a kind of public VM Server

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:06 am 
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i think a vm archive is a good idea BUT i think the vm server is better idea, especialy if changes can be undone, i also think it would be fair to charge for access to the on-line site,maybe students could access it for free if they provide some sort of student number, everyone else could pay a one off fee or choose to pay a cheaper 12 month access fee.

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:16 am 
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maybe students could access it for free if they provide some sort of student number

Nowdays all students have a school ID card, perhaps a scan of the card...


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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:41 pm 
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Wait, is this for accessing VM's? If so, For me, My school district uses some wacky student lunch number thing, where your lunch number is used to check out books at the library, buy lunch, and more. Would a scan of that be acceptable? I have the little sticker on my planner from 6th grade. (I'm in the 7th now (the school year approaching) :D)

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:17 am 
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DBlake wrote:
If we decide to use one format, people won't have that format. EG: if we decide to use Virtual PC, then someone will be a hardcore VMware user, etc...

What about making a Ghost image (or whatever) that is kept in an ISO image, so you boot off it and extract it to the HD?

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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:13 pm 
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How about El-Torito Boot for XP, Server 2003 and Early LH Betas?


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 PostPost subject: Re: [Offer] Would people be interested in a VM repository?        Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:24 pm 
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Windows OCManage wrote:
How about El-Torito Boot for XP, Server 2003 and Early LH Betas?


What? El Torito is just the standard method for creating bootable/booting from CDs. There is no other standard that I know, if there is it isn't widely used, hence the reason no one ever says "El Torito Bootable CD" and everyone says "Bootable CD" instead. It's like saying "I have some US money created by a US mint." No one else prints US money.


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