My mistake, pardon me.
I did not say it was easy "to make a VM image". I have no idea.
However, I do think it is easy "to distribute a VM image". It's just
a big file, like any other big file, right?
The current workflow -- for most power users -- involves distributing
live images, downloading them, creating new virtual machines, and then
running straight from the VM-Live image, or installing the live image
to the VM and using that.
My proposed workflow -- for most power users -- would then involve
distributing a VM image, downloading it, and opening it. Voila.
None of that "create VM" or "install live image" stuff. It is true
that these steps would be for power users, each time -- but in my
case, I think it at least reduces a bit of the work, since the
inevitable "make a VM step" is already done.
I think I am not deluded in that distributing a big VM file is just as
easy as distributing a big ISO file. But, I am not infallible. It
was just a suggestion, I figured the novelty would be obvious. If
indeed it is more onerous, then I apologize for derailing the
It might be more work up front for the Test Leader, since he'd have to
make a VM, but somehow I figured that making a custom LiveCD spin was
just as involved. (The abstract idea involved -- make a
self-contained bootable linux-filesystem -- is the same in each case).
On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Rex Dieter<rdieter(a)math.unl.edu> wrote:
On 06/30/2009 01:07 PM, Jud Craft wrote:
> Right, you can use Live images in a VM. But it would simplify the
> barrier to entry if the image was pre-made, and I can't see how the
> space requirement for downloading VM image would be much larger than a
> live image (even if it would grow once activated).
OK, enlighten me... to me live images are pretty easy already.
How easy is it to make a distributable VM?
And then, how to give that to others, to also use easily?
I assume you're taking kvm here?
Compare and contrast that workflow to the status quo.
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