Via our slow 3Mb/s home DSL and using Chromium on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver), I started at the EaaSi Sandbox page on the SPN website:
Powered by the EaaS emulation-as-a-service system, the Open Source Software Sandbox provides free, public access to emulated computer environments featuring operating systems and software from over twenty years of open source development. We’re offering this version of the EaaSI service to show how it makes access to emulation possible at the click of a button.There are of course some restrictions. The sandbox only offers open source environments, for the copyright and end user license agreement issues I discussed in the report. And:
you won’t be able to save any changes you’ve made to an environment or export the files you interact with. We’ve also restricted access to the internet, so you won’t be able to surf the web or download anything to the emulation environments. Emulation sessions are time-limited to 30 minutes so do not attempt anything too time-consuming.
|The first 10 environments|
- 12 releases of Ubuntu stretching back to 2004's 4.10 Warty Warthog, some with multiple environments featuring different applications.
- Fedora 1 (2003) and 7 (2007).
- Red Hat 6.2 (2011), 8 and 9.
- Scientific Linux 3.1.0 (2004), 4.0, 5.0, 6.0.
|Breezy Badger booting|
|Breezy Badger's vital signs|
|Creating a slide|
OpenOffice 2.0 on Ubuntu 5.10Kudos to the SPN!
- Things just work:
- But they're slow
- And you can't access the Internet
- It is very simple to use:
- Just one click to start it up
- Overall, pretty impressive