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Re: Thoughts on distributing virtual machine images to promote Debian

On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 01:10:59PM +0200, Daniel Baumann wrote:
> Michael Hanke wrote:
> > 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.
> just for the records: live-cds can be persistent too.
> > If a user discovers any problem with a Live-CD image, the best he/she
> > can do is report it and wait for it to get fixed, redownload and try
> > again. But most likely it won't happen. Why should one replace one set
> > of installation/maintainance problems with another.
> with persistency, you can modify it as if it would be a 'non-live'
> system; and once you reboot it, your previous changes are still there.
> > A VM image can be easily modified/fixed/customized. Additionally
> > IMHO it demonstrates much better the real advantages of Debian: the
> > wealth of high quality free software only one 'apt-get' away.
> apt-get can be used on our livecds just as on every 'non-live' Debian
> system, regardless if persistency is enabled or not.
I guess I do not know enough about Live-CDs, but obviously others have
this problem as well. Is it true that it is as easy as a VM to setup a
Live-CD for daily productive work? And I'm talking about the

To my understanding the VM would require installing the virtualization
software (click through) and choosing a folder you want to mount within the VM.

What would be necessary to achieve the same with a Live-CD?



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