[CentOS-devel] CentOS5 virtual machine image

Nils Toedtmann centos-mail at nils.toedtmann.net
Thu Jan 25 16:56:20 UTC 2007

Am Donnerstag, den 25.01.2007, 16:54 +0100 schrieb Daniel de Kok:
> On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 16:16:26 +0100
> Nils Toedtmann <centos-mail at nils.toedtmann.net> wrote:
> > there is a demand for ready-to-boot virtual machine images for distros
> > like CentOS.
> FWIW my uninformed opinion as a user: I have played with Xen support in
> the latest RHELv5 beta and Fedora Core 6, and I think it could well be
> the beginning of the end of prebuilt images for most uses. With
> virt-manager, bootstrapping a virtual machine is as easy as providing a
> repository URL and a kickstart file.

For those running RH-based distros on their VMM-host and knowing about
kickstart files: absolutely true.

For those not aware of kickstart or running other distros (Debian based,
gentoo) or other VMMs (VMware, VirtualBox) or other platforms (win32),
RedHat's "virt-install" is not an option. Think about all those
SuSE-users, ready to switch to centos ;)

> Personally, I'd rather like to change my kickstart file a bit than
> downloading yet another (potentially untrusted) prebuilt image. YMMV.

That's why maintaining such an image at centos.org is important: The
trust-levels of using a centos.org yum-repository or using an image
downloaded from centos.org should be equal.


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