Virtual Machines

Alex Gabriel alexgabriel at
Sat Oct 16 22:21:36 UTC 2010

Excuse my lack of bottom posting as I'm writing this on my BlackBerry.

As far as I know, VMWare's Player only allows previously configured images (referred to as appliances by the software), and doesn't give you the opportunity, as noted, to create a custom installation.

Given this, while I like the idea of using a previously configured appliance, I still prefer using my own installs, as I have much more control over the installation process, and can prune unnecessary packages during the install.

Am I correct, or is my information based on older, defunct versions?
Alex Gabriel

Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Haney <thezorch at>
Sender: ubuntu-users-bounces at
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 18:04:00 
To: <ubuntu-users at>
Reply-To: "Ubuntu user technical support,
	not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at>
Subject: Re: Virtual Machines

On 10/16/2010 05:49 PM, Joep L. Blom wrote:
> Thierry de Coulon wrote:
>> On Saturday 16 October 2010, Ted Hilts wrote:
>> If you use bridged networking you should be able to setup your virtual machine
>> just like a standalone one.
>> Note that there are two versions of Virtualbox, the "OSE" one with limitations
>> but fully free, the other one usually not being distributed with Linux
>> distributions but available on the virtualbox site.
>> Then you could try Parallels and VMWare, they both have strength but they do
>> cost money and are closed source. Both sould be available as trial software,
>> so why not give them a try?
>> Thierry
> Actually VMware Server and Vmware Player are free (not Open Source). I
> use VMware Player without any problems for over a year now and find it
> more stable that Virtualbox (but the last version I used was 2009).
> Joep
But, aren't you limited to using pre-packaged virtual machines with 
VMware Player?  You can't just start it up, create a virtual drive, and 
install an OS.  You have to find and download an existing one.

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