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Top 3 formats for compressing Virtual Appliances

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Total VM’s on VMWare Virtual Appliance Marketplace : 2560
Number of distinct download sites providing these appliances : 674

The following table lists the compression formats used for 408 appliances we have examined:


Amongst the compression formats, zip is the most popular one (42%), with 7z the next in sequence (23%) for Windows; gz is the most popular one for Linux (18%)

We intend to publish more statistics over the next few days. Watch this space.

Written by paule1s

February 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

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  1. Concluding that if a virtual appliance is packaged in zip format it is intended for Windows is very odd. Zip is the format to use if you want to distribute in a way that works cross platform without having to add additional tools. It works on Windows, Mac OS X and is rarely a problem on modern Linux distributions. Ironically, Windows Vista has more problems with Zip files then any other platform.


    Kimbro Staken

    February 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

  2. Kimbro,

    I stand corrected, I have updated the article. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.


    February 12, 2009 at 8:16 am

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