Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Use VMware to Release Server-Side Software

I am using WMware's free VMware Server to create a GRIMOIRES virtual appliance. I admit it is not very easy to install GRIMOIRES. And I believe it is not easy to install any server-side software, probably because of the tedious and error prone procedure to configure, for instance, backend database, and security.

While VMware is able to relieve this pain. We create a VMware virtual appliance, which includes OS and our software. Our customer simply downloads it, and is able to play it, thus avoiding the painful installation procedure. The size of the VMware virtual appliance could be much much bigger than the size of our software. But who cares. Our computer spends more time in downloading, but we spend much less time in installation.

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