Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Virtual Machines - Web 2.0 the Easy Way

Source: BitNami




Like a man lost in the fog, I found myself asking myself, "Just what is that web site that allows you to download a copy of your favorite Web 2.0 solution--Wordpress, Moodle, Joomla--and run it as a virtual machine?"
A virtual machine (VM) is a software implementation of a machine (i.e. a computer) that executes programs like a physical machine. (Source: Wikipedia)
Still don't know? Watch this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNX13yBzAU) from VMWare.


Of course, I floundered around trying to sort it out, emailing the Strategic Open Source SIG, trying to remember keywords I used to archive the site in Delicious.com, at last stumbling on the words on page 5 of what seemed at the start, an impossible Google Search.


Here are the solutions that help out with virtualization, the first one being the solution I was searching for:

  1. TurnkeyLinux - A wide variety of solutions that are virtualized...click the link and scroll down to see them all. Moodle is but one of the virtualized solutions available.
  2. Bitnami.org - As their web site says, "Free, easy to setup wikis, blogs, forums and many other web applications that you can run locallyor in the cloud. BitNami makes deploying server software a simple and enjoyable process...BitNami Virtual Machine Images contain a minimal Linux operating system and a fully configured BitNami Stack. Running Virtual Machine Images requires a hypervisor such as VMWare or VirtualBox, so it is recommended for system administrators and advanced users."
  3. Jumpbox.com - Quote from their web site: "A JumpBox makes using server software quick and simple. It packages an application's software, dependencies, and application data into a single virtual computer that enables you to focus on the application, not the details of getting the application to run."

In the past, I've shared my experiences with Virtual Box

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