[Live-demo] Virtual machine overview documents

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Jul 28 17:25:00 PDT 2012

Thanks Micha,
I've had a quick first pass over the virtualization_quickstart and 
The vmdk quickstart looks good. I'll have a few relatively minor 
comments to make when I do a full review (in ~ 24 hours).

What I suggest is:
* We should only have one quickstart for VMs.
* So virtualization quickstart and vmdk quickstart should be combined 
into one.
* And we should deprecate the vitualbox quickstart.
* Actually, I think we should all 3 quickstarts should be renamed 
virtualbox quickstart, so that we have some history consistency, and it 
will be easier to track what has/has not been translated over versions 
of osgeolive.

On 28/07/12 19:48, Micha Silver wrote:
> On 07/28/2012 01:11 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Micha,
>> Are you still good for your offer to write a VM Howto?
>> We were discussing this in our daily IRC meeting and agreed that it 
>> would be good to have one.
> I'll give it a shot over this weekend.
> Your guidelines seem fine. As I mentioned, I'll put together a VM 
> overview, covering only the "why" and machine requirements. Then it 
> will have links to:
>  *   your current page
>  * setting up a virtualbox VM straight from the *.vmdk version of the
>    Live DVD.
>  * the VM wiki page
> That should be an improvement.
> Thanks,
> Micha
>> What I suggest is:
>> 1. Try to ensure that the doc is concise, so there is less to 
>> translate. (The current VM that I wrote is too long).
>> 2. Describe how to set up a VM for only one VM. Our quickstarts 
>> should be quick, (and easy to maintain), and shouldn't confuse users 
>> by asking them to decide on which VM to use.
>> 3. I'm open to suggestions re which VM you think you should write to. 
>> I'd guess you would select the easiest, or most widely used Open 
>> Source VM, but this will probably be your call.
>> 4. Finish with a link to an OSGeo-Live-VM wiki page. The wiki page 
>> can include much more detail, including how to install multiple 
>> versions of VMs.
>> Lastly, I'm being really bad by hoping to get some docs within a day 
>> or 2 - which will be required if we are to give translators enough 
>> time to translate it. (I'm also hoping to review it for you).
>> I've created an issue to track this here:
>> https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ticket/966
>> On 25/07/12 12:28, Hamish wrote:
>>> Cameron wrote:
>>>>   I suggest that we should:
>>>>   1. Describe one way to create a VM inside OSGeo docs
>>>>   2. Describe one way to create an ISO inside OSGeo docs
>>>>   Point to wiki pages where we can describe multiple ways for
>>>>   creating ISO/VMs.
>>> or perhaps just describe what a VM is, how it works, and what you need
>>> to run one on the disc, + the link to the rich mediawiki howtos pages.
>>> Similar for booting off persistent USB sticks which may be a new 
>>> concept
>>> to some conference goers.
>>> 2c,
>>> Hamish

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