[virt-tools-list] [libvirt] Usability Enhancement: Import/Export VMs GUI

bancfc at openmailbox.org bancfc at openmailbox.org
Fri Mar 11 22:32:15 UTC 2016

On 2016-03-10 15:43, Cole Robinson wrote:
> On 03/10/2016 02:29 AM, Martin Kletzander wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 04, 2016 at 04:23:18PM +0000, bancfc at openmailbox.org 
>> wrote:
>>> The single most important usability feature missed by our less 
>>> technical
>>> users who migrate  from VirtualBox is a one click import/export of 
>>> VMs
>>> and their config settings.
> Who are you users? I gather you work on tails/tor, name dropping the 
> project
> and explaining the use case a bit might actually help drum up interest 
> :)
> - Cole

Alright I'll introduce myself.

I work on the Whonix Project [whonix.org] which is a Tor centric distro 
similar to TAILS but goes a step futher by leveraging the isolation 
properties of virtualizaiton for security.

The setup is made up of two VMs a "Gateway" that runs Tor and which all 
traffic from an untrusted "Workstation" VM is forced thru it. The idea 
is that even if an attacker successfully roots the Workstation VM they 
still cannot deanonymize a user or infect the host. Its a fantastic 
project. You should try it and maybe even hack on it with us ;)

Running on a secure and libre stack like KVM and Libvirt is awesome and 
wins half the battle. The rest of the way is about making the setup as 
easy as possible to expand the user base and to pull people away from 
proprietary hypervisors or fake opensource ones like VirtualBox.

The initial import process with virsh commands puts off many newbies who 
lack the technical skills to get up and running. This is the single most 
coveted feature that comes up. It would be great if you guys can make it 
happen at GSoC :)

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