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Re: VM image to promote Debian within the neuroimaging community

Guess what, my mail was intended to go to the Michael only, that is why it was 
written in German. Sorry for that. My point could be of a broader interest, 
though, which is that we should all seek ways to attrakt people to our cause 
and delegate work. Good laugh. How? Well, I have no recipe for that. Maybe 
there is some money from the benefiting clinical doctors to pay a student? Or 
some undergraduate seminar/practicals? We should all think about that a bit 



On Saturday 14 April 2007 22:41:18 Steffen Moeller wrote:
> Hallo Michael,
> Ich hatte mir Deine Pakete und Deine Home Page vor ein paar Tagen bereits
> einmal angeschaut. Du machst dies alles super. Mir waere nur lieber, wenn
> nicht jemand mit Deinen Fachkenntnissen sich darum kuemmern wuerde, Du bist
> mir dafuer eigentlich zu schade....aber vermutlich gilt das fuer so einige
> von uns.
> Beste Gruesse
> Steffen
> On Friday 13 April 2007 18:55:22 Michael Hanke wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm thinking about creating a virtual machine image for VirtualBox to
> > promote the use of Debian among neuroimaging scientists. The target
> > audience are Windows-users currently using cygwin-based ports of
> > available Linux/Unix tools, or even worse win32-only stuff just because
> > they have/want to stick to Windows as their OS.
> >
> > I think VMs are superior to Live-CDs for this task as the VMs can be
> > used as a living Debian system that can be further customized. In
> > contrast Live-CDs always feel like a snapshot of a certain system that
> > one has to live with.
> >
> > I want to use VirtualBox, because it is freely available and only
> > requires little configuration. Besides the usual features of its
> > competitors it offers two interesting additions.
> >
> > 1. It can run 'headless' and provides the video output via an integrated
> >    RDP server that can be accessed over the network.
> > 2. It can mount folders/drives on the host system even without a network
> >    setup.
> >
> > I want to use Debian etch as operating system and use as much available
> > packages as possible. The desktop choice would probably be XFCE, because
> > it require little memory which could be important if the VM host doesn't
> > have much RAM installed.
> >
> > I plan to setup a single user (root only via sudo) for that all relevant
> > apps are fully configured to give a nice works-out-of-the-box feeling.
> >
> > I'd like to keep it as close as possible to a standard Debian system. I
> > do not intent to create yet-another-distribution, but a usable example
> > installation of Debian etch.
> >
> > I'd be glad to hear your comments. I'd be especially interested in
> > information if a similar project already exists and what I can do to get
> > the highest benefit for the Debian project.
> >

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