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Re: Providing official virtualisation images of Debian

On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:27:09AM +0200, Moritz Mühlenhoff wrote:
> I believe it's high time we start to providing Debian in form of official
> virtualisation images

Yes, absolutely. These days having virtual images is yet another way of
distributing an operating system and I think we should do that.

> What virtualisation solutions should be supported?

As a general principle we should at least have all images needed to run
virtualisation technologies which we do have in the archive.

Additionally, I think we should also consider getting contacts with
"cloud providers" (e.g. Amazon, as mentioned in this thread) and have
them offer Debian images provided by us. Some of those provider already
offer, possibly via third parties, Debian virtualization images. It
would be much better if they can offer the "official" ones provided by
us. For this we need contacts though, possibly of people who are
Debian/FOSS friendly within the companies.  Of course we should strive
for not singling out any single company, hence the way it could work is
to have a page listing providers offering official Debian virtualisation
images + offering a contact point that providers could mail to get
listed. In that respect, it could work very much like

> How should the images be generated? IMO the images would need to be
> created by a DD and to provide at least some form of trust path
> validation we could provide PGP signed hashes of the download images.

No matter what internal process we decide to have for generating the
images, we should advertise them as official images rather than
distributing them under some sort of personal URL.

Thanks for raising this topic!
Stefano Zacchiroli -o- PhD in Computer Science \ PostDoc @ Univ. Paris 7
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