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Old 08-05-2008, 10:20 AM
Sven Boden
 
Default testing alpha builds

Is there a best way (or documented way) to test alpha builds without changing the current system (one of the hardy alpha's trashed my computer last time, so I want to avoid that for now).

I tried the latest virtualbox from Sun on hardy to run intrepid but that kinds of blows up with a stacktrace right after pressing the install option on the live cd of intrepid. I also tried vmware but that also doesn't work

So is there a documented way to test an alpha-build without installing it as host os?

Regards,
Sven

P.S. I just find on http://bagside.com/bagvapp/index.html the following, so maybe I have to retry vmware:

"Early Ubuntu 8.10 with GNOME 2.23.3 Desktop and kernel
2.6.26-4-generic. This one has been modified by disabling and
blacklisting the snd_pcsp module as otherwise the Ubuntu alphas so far
don't even start from the login-screen in VMware. Otherwise this
appliance is pretty close to the original however the linux-headers has
been reinstalled as VMwareTools refused to build/compile on the
original setup. VMwareTools e.x.p-99530 has been installed (they are
from workstation 6.5 beta), other versions had issues during install.
There is a bug /amongst others) in Ubuntu 8.10 alpha which causes a
Logout to GDM when you try to Shutdown or Reboot from the Gnome
Desktop. .... snip snip ..."


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Old 08-05-2008, 10:55 AM
"Christian A. Reiter"
 
Default testing alpha builds

Am Dienstag, 5. August 2008 12:20:09 schrieb Sven Boden:
> So is there a documented way to test an alpha-build without installing it
> as host os?
>
> Regards,
> Sven

I don't know if it helps, I just use a separate partition for intrepid,
install the intrepid grub not into the MBR, but into the partition root, and
fetch the updates via my main system, mounting the partition via a selfmade
script that mounts also /proc, /sys, /dev/pts, and unmounts them after exit.

You can't have both kernels/X running, so it's no virtualisation, just a
chroot...

Christian
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