[fedora-virt] Distributing Fedora 11 Created Virtual Machines

Robert L Cochran cochranb at speakeasy.net
Mon May 25 01:40:01 UTC 2009

I have a virtual machine created on Fedora 11 which runs Ubuntu 9.04. I 
have some more customizations to do with the machine, such as getting it 
to speak to (FTDI 232R-based) USB devices. When that is done, I would 
like to copy the virtual machine to a USB flash drive and postal mail 
that to a teacher. The scenario I'm envisioning is that the teacher can 
then import the virtual machine and play it on his or her computer -- 
whatever that computer is, perhaps a Windows machine running VirtualBox 
or VMWare. Not necessarily a machine running Fedora 11, you see. Now we 
have my first question: can she run my virtual machine on another 
virtual machine manager, which is not necessarily a Fedora product?

To go on with the story I'd like the teacher to add her customizations 
to the Ubuntu virtual machine, then she in turn will deploy that to 
students. They would copy the virtual machine to their computers 
(whatever those are) and play them on those computers. These will 
probably be whatever computers the school has an d/or whatever computers 
the student can afford to pay for. Could this work as well?

Suppose the answer is no they cannot play a Fedora 11-created virtual 
machine on their own virtualization software. Is it possible to take the 
virtual machine file and clone (part of?) it to a hard drive such that 
Ubuntu can be booted from the hard drive?

I'm having a wonderful time in the sandbox, playing with my Ubuntu guest.

Bob Cochran

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