Re: Thoughts on distributing virtual machine images to promote Debian
Michael Hanke wrote:
> 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?
for me, it's even simpler :) live-helper is taking care about almost all
of the little magic required to build live systems. you can master cds
with one single command (make-live).
> And I'm talking about the user-perspective.
from the user perspective, there are two problems with live-helper:
* it is massively underdocumented atm.
* if you have applications which are not possible to install
non-interactively, e.g. because you only have a gui-installer for
it, you cannot install it so convenient atm.
the --interactive flag of make-live provides the possibilty to make
a build interactive. currently, only shell interactiveness works,
but a xnest window is planned and comming sooner or later.
> 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?
the live system is not different to a non-live system, so if you can
read the machines filesystems, you can just mount them as usual.
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