Re: Providing official virtualisation images of Debian
On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:24 PM, Karl Goetz <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:27:09 +0200
> Moritz Mühlenhoff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> I believe it's high time we start to providing Debian in form of
>> official virtualisation images. In contrast to the ISOs currently
> I'd certainly find qemu-kvm images handy, Problem might be with the
> amount of space on the host used by (free space) in the images.
Use qcow2 disk format.
>> I think it's sufficient for starters to provide images for stable
>> (they can be updated for every few point updates if needed).
>> What virtualisation solutions should be supported?
>> - Vmware has a significant installed base and is relevant, although
>> - Microsoft Virtual PC is likely also needed
>> - Citrix XenServer?
> Would this require the Debian project to go out and buy various bits of
> proprietary software to build the images with?
Of course Debian should not provide images in proprietary
formats any more than it distributes non-free software.
Proprietary vendors should be able to convert from open formats.
Of course qemu-img/kvm-img does support this per its manpage:
VMware 3 and 4 compatible image format.