Cloud Computing: Labs Gallery: rPath rBuilder 5 Gets Flash-y, Adds Linux Distro Support

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-07-24
 
 
 

Labs Gallery: rPath rBuilder 5 Gets Flash-y, Adds Linux Distro Support

by Jason Brooks

Labs Gallery: rPath rBuilder 5 Gets Flash-y, Adds Linux Distro Support

Appliance Options

The first step to creating a software appliance with rBuilder involves choosing your desired Linux distribution platform and selecting which deployment options to support.

Appliance Options

Package Selection

Using rBuilder's new Flash-based interface, I could grab software components from the repositories of my chosen Linux distribution, as well as create new packages.

Package Selection

Import an RPM

I could upload RPM or DEB packages, as well as regular TAR archives, to add to my software appliances.

Import an RPM

Package Creation

rBuilder sorts through the software dependencies required to run your uploaded packages.

Package Creation

Build Queue

Sorting through the queue of appliance build operations highlights the richness of rBuilder's new Flash-based interface.

Build Queue

Old Interface

The Flash interface replaces the previous, HTML-based controls.

Old Interface

Flash Flaws

While the new Flash interface provides a more desktop app-like experience, I encountered a handful of interface stalls and lockups during my tests.

Flash Flaws

Error Issues

While on the topic of interface qualms, I ran into a few unhelpful error messages during my testing. Fortunately, the rBuilder appliance's admin console offered up plenty of logs to peruse.

Error Issues

EC2 Launch

From rBuilder's new management console, I could launch my images on virtualization targets such as Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service.

EC2 Launch

More EC2 Launch

I could set my desired EC2 launch options from a pop-up dialog in the rBuilder interface.

More EC2 Launch

vSphere Target

I also launched appliances on a VMware vSphere setup in the lab.

vSphere Target

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