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Virtual Application Library

Created: 06 Sep 2011 • Updated: 01 Oct 2012 | 11 comments
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The Virtual Application Library is a collection of pre-configured virtual applications delivered as Layer Definition File (LDF) packages. An LDF package is a self-extracting archive that, when executed, invokes a script to create a virtual application using the Layer Definition tool and Symantec Software Virtualization. The LDF does not contain the files required to create a virtual application, rather, it has links to publicly available software download sites from which the required files are downloaded and extracted for use when constructing the virtual application layer.

The advantage of using LDF packages is that the virtual application definition ensures that an exact replica of a layer is created regardless of the environment in which it is created. This avoids some of the pitfalls that can occur when capturing an application and also provides an mechanism to create virtual application layers for applications that are difficult or impossible to capture (e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer). The following virtual application library contains links to the LDF package download pages for a collection of open source or free software available on the internet.

Virtual Application Library

 
 Development Tools
 Description Platforms   Architectures  Download Page Dependency
 Eclipse Java Indigo - Java IDE  XP, Win7 x86  Download  Java 6
 Sharp Develop 4.1 - C# IDE  XP, Win7  x86  Download .Net 4
 
 Editors
 Kompozer - HTML Editor  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download n/a
 Notepad++ 5.9.2 - General Purpose editor  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download n/a
 
 Fun and Games
 WinPenguins - Desktop invasion  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Xmoto - 2D motocross game  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
 Graphics
 Blender - 3D modeling software  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Gimp - Image editing  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 InkScape - Illustration  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Paint.Net - Image editing  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
Internet Browsers
 Firefox 5.0.1  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
Microsoft Internet Explorer - Library of all virtualized versions  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Link  n/a
 Opera Browser  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 SeaMonkey  - Browser, Email, HTML Edit  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
Internet Applications
 ThunderBird  - Email Client  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 FileZilla - FTP Client / Server  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
Office Applications
 AbiWord  - Word Processor  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Dia - Create/Edit Visio-like flow charts  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Foxit Reader - PDF reader  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Gnumeric - Spreadsheet Application  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 OpenOffice - Suite of Office applications: Word processing, Spreadsheet, Powerpoint, etc  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Money Manager Ex - Money Management application  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
Music and Video
 Audacity - Music (Wave, MP3, etc) editor, recorder  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 SongBird - iTunes-like music collection manager  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 VLC - comprehensive media player  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
Runtime Environments
 Java 6  XP, Win7  x86  Download  n/a
 Microsoft .Net 4.0 Framework  XP, Win7  x86  Download  n/a
 Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable  XP, Win7  x86, x64  Download  n/a
 
Server Environments
 Xamp - Windows apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, etc stack.  XP, Win7  x86  Download  n/a

Please feel free to leave comments about other LDF packages you'd like to see included in this virtual application library.

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Jason Gallas's picture

This is something that I have requested before (not from you though).  We currently use mostly IE7 with Windows XP SP3 in our envorironment.  It would be a much easier transition to go to Windows 7 with IE7 rather than Windows 7 with IE6 which is currently the only option available.

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Pascal KOTTE's picture

here it is

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/r...

~Pascal @ Kotte.net~ Do you speak French? Et utilisez Altiris: venez nous rejoindre sur le GUASF

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Jason Gallas's picture

I was suggesting one designed for Windows 7 and built in Windows 7.

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karl_bunnell's picture

This is under (serious) consideration. Hope to have a definitive word on this soon. Stay tuned...

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Jason Gallas's picture

This would be of a lot of help to us and many other customers.  Most of our legacy applications work under both IE6 and IE7 but we would rather not go back to IE6 if we don't have to.

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Jason Gallas's picture

I was wondering if this was still "in the works"?

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Pascal KOTTE's picture

We would like extended such a library, also all "package" trips & tricks, like was in the past with the old SVS Wiki :(

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riva11's picture

@Pascal, nice to heard again about the SVS Wiki ...  it was removed without any alternatives. :-(

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EddieNYC's picture

Yes, it'd be nice to have "build formulas" for major applications (ie: Acrobat Pro where you need to populate the autorun entries)

"Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud." - Sophecles

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glenn.ward's picture

I am looking for books, text, anything on SEPM12...

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tze1981's picture

Hi,

I am looking for the steps to package the C++ 2005 version 8.0.61001 with swvldf.

I noted there is the C++ 2005 in the app library, but the version is different with what I need.

Also the .zip file is provided, but I wish to learn how to package the c++ (installer .exe) with swvldf, not the provided zip file already. Can anyone please help?

Thanks.

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