I just found a cool, online tool that combines two of my favorite computing concepts: portable apps and virtualization. Check it out on turbo.net. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make their apps take up less memory, increase the startup times for apps, and try new apps without installation. With the turbo client, you can create small virtual machines called "containers" which houses the app and stores all the app data and registry keys outside the host system. The website already has many images of popular applications which you can use to build the container. If you sign up for an account, you can store an image of your containers in the turbo repository. If you also have the turbo plug-in for Google Chrome, you can also run the images right from the website. Otherwise, using the turbo client requires you to get comfortable using the command prompt. Using turbo has some advantages and disadvantages over portablizing apps and using virtual machines, which I listed below.
Using Turbo in CMDIt's very easy to get started. For convenience, I listed all the basic commands from the turbo docs. This will allow most people to use the apps from the turbo website which are already virtualized. You can use the hub to see all the available apps and get the image name for it. To virtualize a new app with turbo, I will make a tutorial in a future post.
List all turbo commands
List options for a command
turbo help command
Run a program without saving the new container
turbo try image name
Create New Container with image and run itNote: By default, the container will be completely isolated from the host system, so you can't access files from the host system or save files there (useful for securing web browser). If you add the merge option, you will be able to interact with the host (useful for editors and apps with plug-ins).
turbo run image name
turbo run --isolate=merge image name
Create a new container with image
turbo run image names
List all containers on computer
Run an existing container
turbo start container ID
turbo rm container ID
Make Shortcut to Run ContainerNote: The install command will create a shortcut in the start menu and add it to the host's program list. You can't move it anywhere else without losing the icon. You can add another icon by right-clicking and selecting 'Properties'. Alternatively,you can create a shortcut in file explorer and link it to the turbo command for running an existing container.
turbo install container ID