I received some positive feedback from people on the first release, but most people had difficulty getting the network up and running. I realize that I oversold the ease of deployment a bit. It is very very easy to deploy if your network architecture looks like the one in my home-office ( behind a NAT/DHCP gateway appliance. ) If your LAN doesn't look like mine (likely), the VM's networking configuration will have to be changed. If you're not VMWare and *nix networking savvy, this will require a bit of reading on VMWare's support pages, an email or two to me, and you should be able to get coding on OpenACS. Although more hassle than I'd like, I think it's the way to go if you're on Windows and want to see the OpenACS in action. I can pretty much guarantee that that the alternatives: getting the whole (cygwin or linux)/aolserver/postgres/openacs stack working on your own hard drive will take longer.
Thanks once again to Musea for hosting this, and I'll see all you Boston-area folks at the Cambridge social on Tuesday.