Promoting Lucid Testing using KVM

Przemek Kulczycki przemekkulczycki at
Mon Nov 9 13:58:19 GMT 2009

2009/11/9 Dustin Kirkland <kirkland at>:
> On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at> wrote:
>> Rick, Marjo and I are actually hoping to take this a step further in Lucid
>> by making it possible to do this in the cloud, instead of locally in KVM.
>> We've already done this for Server Edition, where you can start an EC2
>> instance using any daily build without even downloading anything.
>> We want to make the same experience possible with Desktop Edition.  No
>> downloading ISOs, no installation, just the latest development code running
>> on demand.
> I agree that testing in the cloud would be interesting.  But does this
> obviate enabling users to test on their local hypervisor too?
> I mean, if some user is running a Karmic desktop/laptop with KVM,
> perhaps they would rather rsync the daily ISO locally, and testdrive
> it in a VM.
> I see three drawbacks with running a desktop image in the cloud:
>  1) cost -- users would need to pay real money to do this
>  2) performance -- VNC over the WAN can be painful
>  3) experience -- to run in EC2, we're going to need to bundle an
> image, which will be similar, but not identical to the LiveCD ISO
> experience

How about running the Lucid ISO from an USB drive?
It would be easier to set up, it would be persistent and much faster
than LiveCD/DVD,
updates could be done just using apt, no need for any paid cloud
account, you only need to have a 4GB USB flash drive which don't cost
much these days.

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