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Stan James
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Last night I picked up VMPlayer and the Browser Appliance - Ubuntu with not much more than FireFox installed. Seems like it should keep viruses and such from getting to my Windows machine while browsing. Anybody else using tricks like this? I'm thinking about making my kid use it all the time.

They provide FireFox 1.0.7 and 1.5.0. I thought I oughtta use the newer one, and found it falls over a lot. My son had me do a search for "power thirst" on YouTube (go watch, come back) and the search button killed 1.5.0 every time.

Is this typical of FF 1.5 on Linux? On VMWare?

BTW: Going to try the gOS appliance next.

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I'm always finding new uses for VMWare. I run XUbuntu on my XP machine at work, mostly for interacting with Solaris servers.
I also run Solaris in a VM so I can test upgrade procedures before destroying one of my servers. If I make a mistake, I can delete the current VM's directory and restore one I've got backed up.
We just bought a VMWare server for our test lab so we will not need to maintain a dozen different boxes each with its own OS and application stack.

Is this typical of FF 1.5 on Linux?

Definitely not. I used FF 1.5 on Ubuntu for a while and it was always stable.

On VMWare?

My VM's are pretty stable. I've never seen a Firefox problem, though as I indicated above, I'm not really using them for browsing. I just checked my XUbuntu VM (installed from the Fiesty CD) and it has FF How old is the VM you are using?

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I have VMWare Player 2.0.2.

I want to put Linux on my old machine eventually, thought it might be fun to play with the gOS VM for a bit. See thinkgOS if you don't know this one, a prettified Ubuntu I guess. Looks like their big business is pre-installed OS on cheap machines at Walmart and such.

Editing later, gOS appliance seems fine. FF installed. It has big cartoonish icons for Google and Skype and a few other things. Yet to see if I can learn any Linux from it.
[ December 06, 2007: Message edited by: Stan James ]
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