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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cross platform software can be difficult to debug.  Having a set of virtual machines on hand that can be used for testing can be quite handy.  Here are a few resources I’ve found for pre-made disk images.

VMWare Player images (seems to have much less variety):

ThoughtPolice

Gentoo (didn’t find a VirtualBox image)

VirtualBox images (large variety):

VirtualBoxImages (mainly torrents, large index)

VirtualBox Images (direct download, hosted on sourceforge)

HelpDeskLive (older)

I think that should cover most open-source OSs.

As far as windows goes, one option is to roll your own and save it in its initial state.  If you have access to the MSDN, most OS releases are quite readily available.

My standpoint on Linux vs. Mac vs. Windows: strengths of various operating systems, with Linux being the standard of comparison.

A quote from Facebook:

“I highly recommend MAC – they are fabulous, and things of beauty. And personally, I would stay away from Linux – not the most enjoyable OS to work with. Then again, with all the updating of packages and stuff – that might really appeal to you:)”

Off the top of my head; posted in response

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