Oftentimes I find myself creating server-based virtual appliances, that is virtual machines with a server-oriented operating system as the guest OS. Most of the time I have a good reason -or at least a reasonable excuse- for doing so. For example, I may want a flexible testbed to learn about and/or experiment with a technology which is new to me, like I’ve done in the past with Linux’s logical volume manager and Oracle’s ZFS filesystem.
Do you ever feel like you’re being watched while surfing the web? Some people do but I’d bet these kinds of thoughts never cross *your* mind. And why should they? You’re not the paranoid type and you surely don’t subscribe to every lunatic’s conspiracy theory. Good for you – we’re like minded :)