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VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide by Alfonso V Romero

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Working with virtual appliances

In the previous section, you learned how to import/export virtual appliances to your host PC running VirtualBox. In this section, I'll show you how to work with virtual appliances from three very popular sources: VirtualBox® Images, BitNami, and Turnkey Linux.

Before we roll up our sleeves, I'd like to say something about virtual appliances. Sometimes a virtual appliance can consist of an operating system ready to run, like the PuppyLinux virtual appliance we'll see next, and sometimes a virtual appliance can consist of an operating system and several open source software applications like the BitNami Drupal and the Turnkey Linux File Server virtual appliances we'll see later.

What I want you to understand is that ...

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