Using VMWare for Dapper testing

Carlos Ribeiro carribeiro at
Tue Nov 29 09:58:30 GMT 2005

On 11/28/05, Evandro Fernandes Giovanini <evandrofg at> wrote:
> The VMWare player is proprietary software, that's the problem. I see two
> problems providing images: proprietary software is needed to use them,
> so Ubuntu would be encouraging the use of non-free software. That goes
> against the Ubuntu manifesto.

I was afraid that this would turn out to be a problem...

The point of testing dapper is finding and reporting problems, so they
> can be fixed in time for 6.04. It's not about avoiding the problems,
> quite the opposite.

I was thinking about using VMWare to test higher level stuff such as package
testing, upgrading, etc. It's a good way to make some exercises - for
example, we can simulate a migration from Breezy to Dapper, loading all the
packages, and checking what gets broken or not, inside a virtual
environment. For this purpose some pre-built Breezy (or even Hoary) images
could be made available, containing combinations of packages for testing

Another interesting possibility is to use the native networking layer of
VMWare to test the image. Sets of networking tests can be written, using
some specific tool, and run against the virtual image, all using a single
computer. The test system can be a virtual image too. Of course, in this
case we would need a big machine (with lots of memory) to run the test into,
but the convenience and the ability to repeat the test from scratch as many
times as needed are great time savers in the long run.

Carlos Ribeiro
Consultoria em Projetos
mail: carribeiro at
mail: carribeiro at
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