I’ve started work that I blogged about previously on a minimal Debian 4.0 (etch) image and AOLserver 4.0.10 installation as a VMware image “appliance.” If people are interested in helping test (you can use the free VMware Player), please email me directly and I’ll share the image with you. Once it’s tested and works well enough, I’ll make it available for public download.
The image contains MySQL and SQLite3 and the necessary AOLserver modules (nsmysql, nssqlite3) installed and configured. Ideally, all one would need to do to have a fully-functioning AOLserver setup is download the appliance image and player and start it up.
This is, what I hope, will be the first steps towards a more “batteries included” AOLserver distribution.
Also! Supposing there were to be an AOLserver Conference held in May of 2008, are you interested? (Again, email me directly if you are.) It would be held somewhere in northern New Jersey, close to New York City. If you would be interested in tutorial sessions, what materials would you like to see covered? Would you be willing to teach a tutorial session? Or present a paper? (A formal Call For Papers will be published once details are ironed out.)
If you have questions or suggestions, either email me or leave a comment below. Thanks!
Update: Oh, what the heck–if anyone wants to check out the appliance image and test it, go right ahead! Use your favorite BitTorrent client and get it here: AOLserver 4.0.10 VMware Appliance 2007-05-19 (261.73 MB) [.torrent]