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I'm new to virtualization, and I'm trying to create a couple of boxes for testing the software I develop (php) in diferent enviroments. I know php is portable, but sometimes it breaks because of case-sensitivity of filenames in linux and things like that.

I downloaded the vmw player but I don't know what to do next.

Should I download each SO .iso and create vms with that?

Or is there a better option, like a ready-to-use vm repository?

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If you are open to trying a different virtualization software, I recommend http://www.virtualbox.org.

You could also find some great virtual appliances ready for download from http://virtualboximages.com/

Good luck!

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The VMWare Virtual Appliance Marketplace has many pre-built appliances: http://www.vmware.com/appliances/

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There are some in the answers to this question: Pre-installed Linux for Web Developers?

Then there's BitNami offering various ready-to-go VMs for various purposes: http://bitnami.org/

And the VMWare Applicance market

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If I understand your question right then you are looking for something like Turnkey.

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VMPlayer does not allow you to create virtual machines, so installing from an ISO won't work. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of available Linux images. Some with LAMP setup as default http://www.howtoforge.com/list-of-downloadable-vmware-images

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