Popular blogging platform, Movable Type is now easier to install on your local PC, thanks to a new virtual appliance from Jumpbox.
Installing Movable Type is a pretty easy process if your web host already has Perl, MySQL and the rest of the components ready to go, but what if you just want to test out MT on your local machine? In that case you may well need to install MySQL, install, or at least start up, Apache, make sure all the Perl modules are loading… it’s a fair bit of work just to test something you may not end up liking.
That’s exactly the sort of headache that virtual appliances were designed to solve, and now you download a pre-configured Movable Type 4.2 that just works right out of the box. The virtual setup is part of a new partnership between MT parent company Six Apart and Jumpbox, makers of virtual appliances.
The nice thing about the new Jumpbox MT package is that the only requirement is some sort of virtualization software. Jumpbox currently supports VMWare, Parallels, Xen Open Source, Microsoft Virtual Server, Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Iron.
To get started, just head to the Jumpbox download page, and click the link (the next page will ask for information like e-mail and phone number, but if you look at the bottom left corner of the form you’ll see a link to download without handing over any info). Jumpbox also offers virtual appliances for Joomla, Subversion with Trac and some other popular apps.
Once the rather large (194MB) file finished downloading I fired up VMWare and was up and running Movable Type in all of about two minutes — much quicker than a by-hand installation.
If you’ve been wanting to test out Movable Type on your local machine but were put off by the need to install a database or other complicated prerequisites, give the Jumpbox virtual machine a try, it’s definitely the easiest method we’ve found.
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