Virtual Appliance Marketplace

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by cet, Nov 11, 2008.

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  1. cet

    cet Registered Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    I am going to install the vmware player.I want to try the ubuntu version.But there are many versions on the virtual appliance marketplace.Some include vmware tools some do not.Which one should I choose for a start.Are the virtual appliances safe? Is there any chance of getting a virus?
  2. farmerlee

    farmerlee Registered Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Definitely get the one with vmware tools installed. It adds extra functionality that make it easier to use. I haven't had any problems with the appliances i've used. As with any file downloaded from the web theres always a chance of it being infected so always take the necessary precautions.

    This one should work well
  3. Longboard

    Longboard Registered Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes get one with the tools; some stuff easier.
    You know you can cook your own ?
    Then Mrk has the gourmet guide to installs ..
    Ther are plenty of documented guides to hacking VMWare Server and Player to create VMs for Player or Server.

    There are since the release and uptake of VMWare 6, some really good vmware images available from many sites.
    BAgvapp for one:

    On an intellectual level, the question as to some hidden logger or other 'gift' in the dl'd file
    (IE scanning the .zip or otherwise is prolly a good idea) is an interesting one.
    AFAIK, there has not been such a problem notified anywhere.
    I suspect VMWare offers no guarantee re safety

    @farmerlee: :) what scanner would you use to run over a .vmx / .vmdk file with a *nix VM siiting dl'd on a MS host :blink:
    Not even sure it could be done.
    I suppose there is the real possibility of some disguised mal in the dl ?

    LOL :p
    Never even thought of doing that. Just happily dl'd in contravention of all first principles :( Bit foolish really.
    Obviously the files are only launched in the VM: Is there some security breach possible ??

    ?? Break out the tinfoil.

    Does anyone run a clam scan or other linux centric scanner in their VMs from 3rd parties on first boot ??
    Should we?

    @cet: this is a great way to get experience with *nixies : have fun.


    PS OT: it's nice to have those appliance repos available for SOME :cautious:
    Us poor schnooks here in the great south land already have those monthly usage caps in place and pay through the nose for our access of 12G/mth which tends to limit the fun factor a bit and makes for some careful rationalizing. ( still, better off than many :thumb: )
    About to have our govt designed filters in place....:gack: ...stupid stupid stupid
    AND NOW Ta Da:
    Telstra and MS in bed together :mad: :gack: :mad: :(,24897,24632011-15306,00.html
    All going to hell in a handbag....down here..have to watch and activate like crazy now.....@ OP sorry just one thing led to another..
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  4. cet

    cet Registered Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Thanks Farmerlee and Longboard.I will try your advices.
    I am really happy because I am going to try Ubuntu in a virtual machine.I was waiting for this moment for the last 2 years.Now I have a new homemade PC which is capable to try the virtual machine.Thanks God.
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