Test drive the whole Ubuntu archive with WebLive

In my last blog post about WebLive I announced the availability on WebLive of the top-50 apps from the new Ratings & Review service.

Today I’m happy to announce that this feature is no longer necessary as you can now test drive anything that’s available in the Ubuntu archive.

Sylpheed installing on WebLive

At the moment that’s over 1300 desktop application that you can test this way.
That’s basically any GUI app that requires less than 150MB of space to install and that’s not in one of my blacklists (video editing, 3D, VOIP, VMs, …).

As a reminder, all that you need is an up to date Ubuntu 11.04 system and the qtnx package installed (default in Edubuntu).
Full desktop sessions are still available at: http://www.edubuntu.org/weblive

This feature uses another of my pet projects Arkose to dynamically create containers (see LXC) whenever someone logs in. Each user is allocated up to 500MB for the test drive feature. On login, the system will check if it already has the requested app in the default system and if not, will download and install it when you connect.

Enjoy !

NOTE: The current blacklist isn’t perfect, so if you notice any package that has a Test drive button in the Software Center and doesn’t work, please file a bug here: https://launchpad.net/weblive/+filebug

About Stéphane Graber

Project leader of Linux Containers, Linux hacker, Ubuntu core developer, conference organizer and speaker.
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9 Responses to Test drive the whole Ubuntu archive with WebLive

  1. Nick says:

    Really, really thank you Stéphane for this excellent feature 🙂

  2. I am having trouble downloading the WebLive. I want to download it to show some colleagues what edubuntu can do. I am a technology coach at at school. When I try to download it says the connection is refused. Why is that?

  3. NAVEEN PAL says:

    i am trying eubuntu weblive but i am not get into it ….dont know why…and it show notification..:
    Environment field is required.
    i m a window user…still it show this notification.
    so,suggest the solution.

  4. Sasanka says:

    Web live not Accept My Aswers

    1. We are currently busy moving WebLive to new servers, during this time, service may sometimes be unavailable.

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