Promoting Lucid Testing using KVM
przemekkulczycki at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 13:58:19 GMT 2009
2009/11/9 Dustin Kirkland <kirkland at canonical.com>:
> On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at canonical.com> 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
How about running the Lucid ISO from an USB drive?
It would be easier to set up, it would be persistent and much faster
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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