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Installing a Debian GNU/Linux test server with VirtualBox

Jan 20, 2011, 20:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"There are a number of good reasons for installing a virtual machine on your computer — as a way to run software that isn't compatible with your primary operating system, as a sandbox for development, or as a place to test package installations, new distributions, or new server configurations. Setting one up with VirtualBox OSE is quite easy.

"My website for the Lunatics project is hopelessly out of date, and I need to start doing something about it soon. The first step in cleaning up the mess is to create a test environment on my local computer so I can try out new configurations. The public server is virtual, so it seems completely reasonable to test it on a virtual system locally, and it'll provide isolation from my everyday work on this computer, without having to set up a whole new computer.

"It also seems likely that I will need to maintain a Zope/Plone package for Debian now that the 'plone-site' packages has been withdrawn, and a virtual environment is a good choice for doing the packaging. Finally, there are a few i386 architecture packages I can't run on this (AMD64) system, and so it'd be useful to have an i386 architecture available."

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