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Instalinux to Go - Run your own VM Appliance

Quoting from Instalinux:

Instalinux has a few limitations that make it not as good as it could be. The first is that we're on a hosted server which presents the limitation of not owning root, and therefore not being able to do loop mounts, which some older distros require. The second limitation is that we can't have everyone's favorite repositories. Finally, there's the fact that since there are no public RHEL or SLES repositories, we can't make install images for those.

The answer to all of these problems? Instalinux to Go.

Based on an idea by James Kirkland, we created a fairly small VMWare appliance, running Debian Woody, and all set up to run Instalinux. All you have to do is download the appliance here (.tgz - 716 MB). There's also a .rar file (680 MB) and a .zip file (716 MB).

If you don't already have VMWare, you can download and install VMWare Player here.

The root password on the VM, is "instalinux", and all the customization is done in /var/www/linuxcoe.rc. You can add, or remove waystations there, and if you add a waystation for a distribution that we don't host, but for which you see an image in /var/www/images, it will automatically become an option on the server. Slick!

Still confused, shoot us an email and we'll try to help.

Published Friday, September 08, 2006 12:59 PM by David Marshall
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