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RE: multiple cygwin installs

Christopher Faylor wrote on Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:22 PM:

> On Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 02:11:40PM +0200, J?rg Schaible wrote:
>> Phil Betts wrote on Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:34 PM:
>>> <soapbox>
>>> Any 3PP that forces one to use their (inevitably out of date)
>>> version of cygwin (and thereby killing the official installation)
>>> is IMO broken and the issue should be taken up with them.  At the
>>> very least, it shows they have such little faith in their own
>>> software's robustness that they won't risk it running on an newer
>>> version of cygwin. 
>>> Imagine the chaos if ALL software was installed like this. You might
>>> end up with 100 different versions of cygwin on your PC, and
>>> ProductA would never be able to talk to ProductB because they'd
>>> need two different sets of registry settings simultaneously.
>>> I'm sure their justification is that they are reducing support
>>> costs by ensuring it's running on a known platform.  Only if their
>>> customer support is forced to resolve the problems caused by their
>>> installation will they learn that this is a false economy.
>>> </soapbox>
>> Well, the soapbox is coming true.  Or why do you think so much
>> companies start to deliver their app in a VM?  Never trust an OS
>> installed by a stranger ...  hehehe
> This is probably cygwin-talk material (Reply-To set) but is
> that really
> true?  Are companies really packaging products with their own VM?

Today more or less demos only (even MS is offering a lot of them), but there's clearly a trend for complex server software. Think of ESX servers that are OSses themselves that do nothing than virtualizing those machines, it makes sense to deliver a complete VM.

VMware has a big list of so-called appliances available as VM:

- Jörg

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