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Re: Fedora core suggestions

On 4/22/06, Kostas Georgiou <k georgiou imperial ac uk> wrote:
> qemu-img create -f vmdk fc5.vmdk 5G
> You can install fedora with either qemu (or vmplayer) afterwards.
> Have a look at http://www.easyvmx.com/ for examples on how to create
> a vmplayer config file so you can boot the image.
> You can probably copy an existing disk with something like
> qemu-img convert -f raw /dev/hda -O vmdk fc5.vmdk
> but I never tried it.


If we can use qemu to create compatible vmplayer images we can have
'official' images on the fedoraproject website or possibly in the
release trees if the release team see it as worthwhile.

Now its just a question of whether or not having a sequence of
pre-configured images  for doing targetted issue testing is worth the
effort... which was my original idea. But I'm not so sure its the best
mechanism to do targetted usability testing. A dedicated vnc/freenx
server which can be re-configured on  a per-account basis using
sabayon-like configuration might provide the more flexible option with
much less bandwidth overhead. We can record the whole terminal session
as individuals work through a set of tasks, starting from a
pre-configured desktop environment. Obviously a remote session cant
test certain tasks that I'd like to see some standardized usability
sessions on.. things like burning a cd or dealing with digital cameras
wouldn't be possible to record a session for via a remote vnc or
freenx session without doing something extremely clever.


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