[Koha] RFC: Koha Virtual Appliances

Kyle Hall kyle.m.hall at gmail.com
Fri May 22 04:16:57 NZST 2009

Is there any technical reason that there are no example items to
import from the web interface? I think that would be a nice addition
to the rest of the sample data. I imagine the zebra indexing would be
the biggest issue.


Information Technology
Crawford County Federated Library System ( http://www.ccfls.org )

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM, Galen Charlton
<galen.charlton at liblime.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 8:32 AM, Kyle Hall <kyle.m.hall at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So I would say VirtualBox images are a given.
> Cool.
>> I could also roll Xen appliances. However, I'm not sure if anyone
>> would actually use them. If you can set up Xen, then setting up a Koha
>> demo is trivial in comparison.
> Agreed.
>> I would also be willing to continue making VMWare images if there most
>> people would still use them.
> I suspect that there would be some demand because VMWare is kind of a
> default choice for virtualization and is gratis to use for personal
> use to run images, but it seems reasonable to only do VirtualBox
> images if it becomes too much trouble to maintain the VMWare images as
> well.
>> Second is the issue of configuration. In the past, I've been rolling 2
>> types of vm's for each Koha version:
>> 1) Fully configured up to but not including the web-based setup. This
>> allows someone to still choose Zebra or NoZebra, and decide what if
>> any example data is imported.
>> 2) Fully configured up to and including the web-based setup, with all
>> example data included.
> I think having both options is useful as long as you're willing to do
> them.  Even though it is simple to run through the installer, having
> an image that let's you start using Koha *right away* let's a
> potential user focus on whether Koha is the right choice for them.
>> Third, which versions of Koha should be rolled, and how often? Koha
>> changes to fast to make one for every version, but I'd be willing to
>> try doing monthly/bi-monthly updates. Should I bother with main
>> releases, such as 3.01? These days, it seems like the latest version
>> is always pretty stable, and I think the manual tends to follow the
>> latest version. Are there frozen versions of the manual for releases
>> such as 3.01?
> My preference would be to have images for the current 3.0.x released
> version and periodic images of HEAD.
> Regards,
> Galen
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