1. What is ApplianceKit and why is it important?
ApplianceKit is a platform for easily provisioning and creating appliances. It is considerably more powerful than other provisioning tools, allowing for custom partitioning schemes and other nice things.
An easier provisioning tool, ak-deploy-easy will be added in a later release providing compatibility with xen-tools.
However, the big thing with ApplianceKit is ApplianceXML, which describes how a software appliance is created and installed. As an example, the following XML snippet creates a Debian Lenny install and denotes that you want irssi installed in it, and that you want the default appliance root password to be 'zomgturtlez'. Users can override the root password on the command line during the provisioning process.
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?> <appliance>
<description>Irssi appliance</description> <author><name>William Pitcock</name> <email>firstname.lastname@example.org</email>
</author> <distribution>lenny</distribution> <packagelist><package>irssi</package>