SearchOpenSource: Virtual Appliances Emerge as OS Distribution Mechanism

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link.

“VMware, Red Hat and other vendors would have you think the
future of operating system distribution lies within a virtual
appliance, but reality isn’t as cut and dried as they’d have you

“Typically, virtual appliances consist of a pre-configured
application stack and an operating system. Examples of applications
that have shipped as virtual appliances include collaboration,
email security, firewalls, intrusion detection and traffic

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