[Live-demo] [OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo-Live 6.5 on VM Depot

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu May 30 13:58:29 PDT 2013

(continuing on osgeolive email list)

Paul, excellent to hear about your proposal. Cloud hosting of OSGeoLive 
is a huge value add for the community, and something that opens the door 
for many other opportunities.

I'd like to propose that you embed yourself in the core OSGeo-Live team 
as we move into the OSGeo-Live 7.0 release, and make cloud hosting a 
central focus of our 7.0 release.
Advantages to yourself is that you'd be able to tap into the greater 
community to help debug issues on the cloud platform.
Advantages to the community is that we'd get a new distribution platform.

I expect this would require quite a bit of work, and someone such as 
yourself to anchor the activity. But if you are doing it already, then 
it is a win for everyone.

Our 7.0 schedule is linked from here:

And I describe the value OSGeo-Live brings to participants here:
(This is sometimes useful to show managers to justify spending time on 

On 31/05/2013 5:52 AM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> Paul,
> If you write a quickstart we can grant you access to commit it to the 
> svn repository directly (see 
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Live_GIS_Disc#Subversion). Or you can send 
> the file to the OSGeo Live mailing list ( 
> http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/live-demo) or attach it to a 
> ticket ( http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo/ )
> Copying this to the OSGeo Live list where we should continue the 
> discussion.
> Thanks,
> Alex
> On 05/30/2013 10:00 AM, Ramirez, Paul M (398J) wrote:
>> Hi Alex,
>> Will definitely let the community know when this is done. Fairly certain
>> we'll have a quick start on how to do get the VM going and if you guys
>> want to add this documentation upstream in the site that would be great,
>> are you the person to send that type of information to? This is 
>> something
>> that will get done in the next few weeks on the VM Depot side.
>> If we run into any snafus with the VM format that can't be overcome 
>> fairly
>> easily I'll take you up on the offer. If we end up changing the VM 
>> format
>> we'll push that upstream too.
>> Thanks,
>> Paul Ramirez
>> On 5/30/13 8:39 AM, "Alex Mandel" <tech_dev at wildintellect.com> wrote:
>>> On 05/30/2013 07:10 AM, Ramirez, Paul M (398J) wrote:
>>>> All,
>>>> Not sure who to ask but figured this list could provide some insight.
>>>> I'd like to take the OSGeo-Live [1] and make it available on VM Depot
>>>> [2] run by Microsoft Open Tech. VM Depot is really just a community
>>>> catalog of VMs that could  be easily spun up on Microsoft Azure. I 
>>>> would
>>>> eventually like to do the same on Amazon but for now this work aligns
>>>> with other efforts in my day job. It don't think there will be that 
>>>> much
>>>> effort involved in doing this but I wanted to make sure that this 
>>>> wasn't
>>>> already done by someone and that it was okay to essentially 
>>>> redistribute
>>>> this work.
>>>> The intended purpose of this is to help make it easier for some NASA
>>>> Earth Science people I work with to have a platform to explore these
>>>> technologies. We would eventually extend on this VM with ways to
>>>> interact with NASA services/examples but figured this was an easy 
>>>> way to
>>>> get bootstrapped. The other motivation we have is to infuse FOSS4G
>>>> technologies into our data systems so this seemed like an avenue to do
>>>> such a thing.
>>>> A little background on me. I was lucky enough to be able to 
>>>> participate
>>>> on the planning committee for this years FOSS4G NA but unfortunately
>>>> sequestered and unable to attend. Currently, I'm helping lead some
>>>> working groups within NASA that focus on Geospatial efforts so my
>>>> motivation there is to help tie that community to this one. I've 
>>>> worked
>>>> for NASA for quite some time but over the last 2 years have become
>>>> passionate about the open source efforts in the geospatial community.
>>>> Essentially, I really want to make sure that I credit OSGeo and all 
>>>> the
>>>> people that did the work but at the same time not infringe on their
>>>> efforts in any way. Any pointers, thoughts, concerns, etc. would be
>>>> greatly appreciated.
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>> Paul Ramirez
>>>> [1] http://live.osgeo.org/en/index.html
>>>> [2] http://vmdepot.msopentech.com/List/Index
>>> It is absolutely ok to distribute. I don't think anyone has done it 
>>> yet,
>>> so you should and post back with the info for the community. We can 
>>> even
>>> add a link in the documentation about how to create a VM on Azure based
>>> on the upload. We have talked about an EC2 instance also but no one has
>>> done that yet either.
>>> Let us know if you need anything, ie the VM drive in another format...
>>> Thanks,
>>> Alex
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