When testing out new software packages or development environments, part of the hassle tends to be downloading the package, finding a spare machine, installing it on that machine, and then getting it configured and ready to go. A great site called TurnKey Linux has come up with a solution that perfectly solves these problems.
They provide based software appliances that are pre-configured and installed with various software packages. The appliances are created with a small footprint and are packages as Live CD’s (bootable ISO’s) that can be run via CD-Rom or loaded into any of the virtual machine environments.
They have appliances for many of the most popular open-source software packages including:
At work we wanted to set up a Wiki to track our development documentation. Using the MediaWiki appliance we had a complete running VM of MediaWiki within 6 minutes of downloading it. If you are interested in experimenting with any of these software packages, you must check TurnKey Linux out.