[Evangelism] virtual appliances for Plone evaluation
T. Kim Nguyen
nguyen at uwosh.edu
Thu May 26 14:39:51 UTC 2011
Thanks for the context, Ken (hmm, that would be a good name for a company... ;) )
Philip, I did not know about the live CD. That too should probably be pointed to from plone.org. How frequently is it maintained? Looks like Plone 4.0 is up there but is that with the hotfix?
That's one of the concerns I have about embarking on this route... we will have to be organized to ensure that our appliances and live CDs are up to date with new Plone and operating system versions.
As Ken says, the download section or perhaps a separate "eval" section that includes links to the downloads, the appliances, the live CD, and associated first-timer/evaluation tutorial(s).
I'm willing to start putting something together: a mock up or a separate page somewhere (PloneEdu would be willing to set it up on its site initially).
On May 26, 2011, at 9:22 AM, Philip Bauer wrote:
> Do you know about the plone live-cd?
> It uses http://plone.org/products/collective.isoplatform
> Am 26.05.2011 um 15:14 schrieb T. Kim Nguyen:
>> Guy Heckman and I are putting together a VMWare appliance and a VirtualBox appliance for Plone 4.0.5.
>> We thought it would be a good way to ease people into trying out Plone. If you look at vmware.com/appliances there are many out there for other CMSs, but none for Plone. Same at other virtual appliance sites below. This idea stemmed from our PloneEdu buildout project (first a buildout, then a custom unified installer, and then an appliance)...
>> Is this something that should be part of the Plone marketing effort? Below is the rest of a message I sent out to the plone-website team yesterday - sorry for the duplicate-ish message but this idea probably falls in a couple of places (plone.org site, documentation, marketing). Has this been considered before? Other questions/thoughts below.
>> There are a couple of places we can (eventually) get them hosted:
>> and possibly
>> Or we could use BitTorrent to distribute them from someplace else.
>> Is there interest in pointing to these appliances from plone.org? Perhaps making a plone.org/appliances or plone.org/eval section? The point of these appliances is to make it easy for someone to evaluate Plone. There are a lot of appliances out there for other CMSs. We could make them for a mix of OSs as well as for things like the PloneEdu buildout. Do we want to set some ground rules on what kinds of documentation goes with these, or what they can contain, and should we organize now who will maintain these as OS and Plone versions come out?
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