I have been providing a demo of some software as a virtual machine. By providing a virtual machine, it is very easy for users to evaluate - the software only runs in linux and has many dependencies.
The software is targeted to a small community of research scientists. This has been working great until scientific peer-review, one of the reviewers reports:
I attempted to install the VirtualBox software and encountered the warning:
"The software you are installing has not passed the Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility with Windows XP ... Continuing your installation of this software may impair or destabilize the correct operation of your system either immediately or in the future. Microsoft strongly recommends that you stop this installation now and contact the software vendor for software that has passed Windows Logo testing."
This is a critical issue to deal with. We will have to find an appropriate solution for making the software available, and also to ensure that it is installable by at least a majority of readers and potential users.
Based on a quick google, users ignore the warning and almost always have no problem. However, the issue was reported at the virtualbox website and one user got the black screen of death - although this could just be a fluke.
Two related questions on this site provide useful information: Automatically accept Windows Logo testing? and Installing VirtualBox on Windows XP. However, these do not solve my problem because there is no evidence that ignoring the message is safe.
At a minimum, we need to either:
- provide proof that it is safe to ignore the warning
- provide a safe way to install VirtualBox that does not give the warning
- recommend an alternative VM software that does not show this error
- justify not supporting Windows XP (official support ends April 2014).
Furthermore, some features are not required by the VM:
- use of host drives
Question: How can we provide a simple, trustworthy alternative?