Re: Providing official virtualisation images of Debian
On 7/25/2011 6:27 PM, Moritz Mühlenhoff wrote:
I believe it's high time we start to providing Debian in form of official
virtualisation images. In contrast to the ISOs currently provided it
allows a quicker evaluation/testing of Debian (and can also be very
useful for testing (e.g. someone wrote on debian-release that he doesn't have
access to oldstable/stable systems, with prepared virtualisation
images that would no longer be an issue). For many setups this could even
replace the installer since software selection and hostname can easily
be tweaked post-install.
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?
- Virtual Box seems like a natural candidate since it's free and
included since Squeeze.
- Vmware has a significant installed base and is relevant, although
- Microsoft Virtual PC is likely also needed
- Citrix XenServer?
For now I would recommend against pre-configured Citrix XenServer
releases. I am a Citrix CCNA and I would not recommend that for this
very reason. Debian is best set up in Citrix Xenserver from scratch.
As far as VMware goes, I use that at home all the time. And with the
freely available VMWare Player, I make virtualized Debian installs
available to them all the time.