[clug] VMware ThinApps: anything like this in the FOSS/Linux world?

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Fri Apr 29 20:43:06 MDT 2011

I've just stumbled across VMware's "ThinApp" (for Windows only).

Doesn't need an install or O/S drivers - like PKzip's self-extracting
archives, everything is there in one blob, an EXE.

Does the same functionality exist in the FOSS world?
Can I do something like this for QEMU or anything else?

steve j



With VMware ThinApp, applications are packaged into single executables
that run completely isolated from each other and the operating system
for conflict-free execution on end-point devices.

Package Once, Deploy Everywhere

Deploy virtualized applications in user mode, without administrative rights.
No device drivers are installed and no registry changes are made because
the entire application and its virtual OS are delivered as a single EXE

Transparently stream large applications from a shared network drive with
no server or client software to install.

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://members.tip.net.au/~sjenkin

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