Is Vuze safe to download on the Mac?

MythicFrost

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Hey,

So, I don't like torrents, I generally associate viruses, malware, and spyware with torrent programs, is Vuze safe to download? I want to download Jolicloud and it's only available by torrent.

Am I at risk in anyway by installing Vuze? Thanks.
 

Schtumple

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Great thanks.

Vuze doesn't automatically share any or all of my files does it? Do you know of any settings I should disable?
It'll only "share" (in a very loose sense) the file that you're downloading, but that's the way torrents work, by closing the application after you've finished downloading it, there won't be anyone else connected to Vuze.

No one will be able to view any of the files on your hard drive.
 

MythicFrost

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It'll only "share" (in a very loose sense) the file that you're downloading, but that's the way torrents work, by closing the application after you've finished downloading it, there won't be anyone else connected to Vuze.

No one will be able to view any of the files on your hard drive.
Haha good, thanks again for your help.
 

Schtumple

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Just realised the bold looks a bit overkill, sorry about that, just wanted to stress that it wouldn't share the other files on your hard drive. Hope Jolicloud goes well, let us know, I'm really interested in the OS, seems like an interesting piece of software.
 

MythicFrost

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Just realised the bold looks a bit overkill, sorry about that, just wanted to stress that it wouldn't share the other files on your hard drive. Hope Jolicloud goes well, let us know, I'm really interested in the OS, seems like an interesting piece of software.
Nah its cool, I didn't think anything of it.

Thanks, I tried installing it into Parallels 5, but after selecting the language, choosing any option to install produces a black screen with errors, which is a shame.

I'm hoping to try and get it resolved, I'll post back if I do.
 

stephenrs

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parallels success

I just wanted to note for anyone else stumbling onto this thread...I just successfully installed jolicloud in Parallels from the joilicloud ISO, and everything went very smoothly.

I think the black screen that MythicFrost was seeing was the normal command line stuff that happens during a Linux install/boot sequence...but maybe I just had better luck...works for me...
 

MythicFrost

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I just wanted to note for anyone else stumbling onto this thread...I just successfully installed jolicloud in Parallels from the joilicloud ISO, and everything went very smoothly.

I think the black screen that MythicFrost was seeing was the normal command line stuff that happens during a Linux install/boot sequence...but maybe I just had better luck...works for me...
Thanks for that, interesting... what Mac do you have?

I managed to install it into Virtual Box and when I clicked install I didn't see the same screen I did when it was in Parallels, instead it installed it and went to the installation screen, rather than that error thing.
 

stephenrs

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Thanks for that, interesting... what Mac do you have?

I managed to install it into Virtual Box and when I clicked install I didn't see the same screen I did when it was in Parallels, instead it installed it and went to the installation screen, rather than that error thing.
I'm using an Intel-based Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz (from around Jan '10), and Parallels 5.

I downloaded VirtualBox because I couldn't find any reports of folks who had gotten it to work in Parallels (and Jolicloud doesn't officially support it), but it turns out that I won't need it.
 

stephenrs

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I should also note for clarity that I also saw the black screen with error-ish looking text, but the installation proceeded cleanly without any hiccups.
 

stephenrs

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Ah, how long did it take?
Jolicloud first loads in "live" mode inside Parallels, which means it runs from the ISO directly without actually installing any files physically on your virtual drive. Once it boots into live mode, it walks you through a few setup steps, then gives you the option to complete the virtual drive installation or continue in live mode. I chose to complete the full install at this time.

The initial boot into live mode took about 4-5 minutes, then the full install took about 10-15. I didn't really time it exactly, and was doing other things while this was happening, but these estimates should be pretty close.
 

MythicFrost

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Jolicloud first loads in "live" mode inside Parallels, which means it runs from the ISO directly without actually installing any files physically on your virtual drive. Once it boots into live mode, it walks you through a few setup steps, then gives you the option to complete the virtual drive installation or continue in live mode. I chose to complete the full install at this time.

The initial boot into live mode took about 4-5 minutes, then the full install took about 10-15. I didn't really time it exactly, and was doing other things while this was happening, but these estimates should be pretty close.
Things boot normal for me, I choose English as my language and then I see the menu of what I can select.

If I choose Try Jolicloud without installing, Install Jolicloud, or Check CD for defects, I get a screen full of errors that sits there as long as an hour or so (IIRC I left it there that long previously).

I'm booting it with 1GB of RAM, 32MB GFX memory with the vsync and 3D acceleration enabled for it (by default) in Parallels 5.

I thought perhaps I'm encountering this issue because I'm on an i7 iMac, it's unlikely netbooks (the primary target for this OS) will ever have a CPU with hyperthreading, but I could be wrong.
 

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