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This article/section contains info about defunct content. is a website which is relatively similar to CollabVM, but with the following differences:

  • did not have a userlist, only a user count, which made collaboration relatively hard.
  • did not have a chat room.
  • had a laptop image (and poorly scaled the screen down to fill the laptop screen)
  • periodically reset the VM every 15 minutes.
  • was fairly vulnerable to exploits, including turnbombing, server side QEMU monitor console execution, and all sorts of fun!

The site, in its original run, was formerly part of the many demos available on's demos.

CollabVM v1.0 used the codebase, but with some notable changes:

  • CollabVM's design differed from's.
  • ran Windows XP while CollabVM ran many different operating systems, which ranged from Windows 95 OSR2 to Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • CollabVM did not have the laptop image present, and was scaled fully.
  • CollabVM had a chatroom added
  • The component which made the VM reset every 15 minutes was not enabled.
  • Several vulnerabilities were fixed.

CollabVM has several virtual machines, including one known as "VM 2" that runs Windows XP SP3. It has basically the same specifications as the VM (barring more RAM and a far better CPU), but it is much faster and has many more programs preinstalled. If you are looking for a alternative, you will want to check it out.

Original timeline

The original ran from ~April 2014 to October 2016.

During and after the month of October 2016, the following events occured:

  • October 9, 2016: freezes, and the server stops responding. This outage also affected's chat, as well as This makes October 9, 2016 at 11:25 PM (EST) the last known time and were online.
  • February 19, 2017: goes offline for unknown reasons.
  • March 5, 2017: After was offline for several weeks, the site came back online, with the demos page missing from entirely. and remain in a frozen state.
  • March 18, 2017: The demos page finally returns to The chat makes a return, along with a brand new demo, a collaborative whiteboard. and are removed, so this can be declared the "official" shut down date for both projects.
  • Sometime in August 2017: and's web server stops responding. Pings also fail.
  • Sometime in early January 2018: no longer belongs to an IP address, indicating the project has been permanently closed. still belongs to an IP address at this point, although the site's IP had not responded to any pings since August 2017.
  • Sometime in July 2018: no longer belongs to any IP address.
  • August 25, 2018:'s domain expires and is now up for sale, confirming the project is permanently closed.
  • February 2019: now redirects to a parked domain.

The return of

  • February 2020: Parked domain is not renewed, and is now for sale.
  • 11:11:16AM EST February 6th, 2020: Dartz purchases the domain.

While had effectively been relegated to a domain sitting in limbo for about 4 years, on April Fools Day (April 1st) 2024, that all changed.

As an April Fools Day joke, the CollabVM site was redirected to under the guise that CollabVM had shut down, and the domain was then running the original, running in a VM running Ubuntu 16.04 (Even then, the code didn't like that very much and had many bugs that didn't even happen on the original site).

On April 3rd, 2024 (fairly close to the 10th anniversary of's existence), a custom from-scratch recreation of written in TypeScript, no longer using, was put onto the site and open sourced, and the site is now perpetually running, mostly for historical sake. The new incarnation now has a Xat chatroom included.

The story of

Long ago, there was a website simply known as, which used to be a demo for It hosted a singular virtual machine running the Operating System Windows XP.

The site was never known for being very functional. Very frequently, it would break, the resets would stop working and months would go by before Kevin Roark fixed it.

However, on one fateful dry and cool October evening, the site came to a full stop.

It still has not been explained to this day why was permanently shut down.

Perhaps it was the owner getting tired, or maybe, it was the endless amount of exploits.

As some people may know, the site may have been... lacking in security, severely lacking in security.

An endless amount of time they know as "Turns"?

Perhaps a direct access to the main heart and core they also call "QEMU"?

The rumor has it that the old stopped working after one of its so called "resets" was the last thing the site had ever seen.

These resets were known to happen just only 15 minutes after one had already occurred.

And after that unknowingly last reset happened, it was the end.

The end of

- Calub Veim