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sleepsleep
any idea?
or qemu + kqemu in linux/bsd OS is enough and better than vmware?

care to share Cool
Post 25 Nov 2006, 20:14
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Like most things there are benefits and drawbacks to either. I would prefer VMWare on a system that is dedicated to running VMs where I would prefer qemu on a system more if I used the computer for other things. VMWare installs a lot of overhead on the system.
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sleepsleep
thanks filter for your replied.

anyway, one thought strucked me just now.
why not an OS that could let you run your application in virtualize mode? so, your created virtualized environment don't need an OS to be installed, and the app would use the host resource except the app just run in a virtualize environment with a file that acts as virutalize hard disk for that program.
basically, the idea is to let app runs and even if they got virused or hacked or etc, they wouldn't affect the host system.
(sounds like bsd jail)
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Go here: http://www.binrev.com/radio/archive.php
and listen to episode 169, you can do things like pause a game and come back 6 months later and unpause the game Cool.
Looking into virtualization for Dex OS.


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Post 26 Nov 2006, 00:32
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I make heavy use of VMware Server. If you want/need to run many operating systems, it's a really nice way to do so. System requirements (from the vmware server manual at ):

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Linux Host Operating System Requirements
Supported distributions and kernels are listed in this section. VMware Server might not run on systems that do not meet these requirements. Platforms that are not listed are not supported.
64-bit host computers can run the following operating systems for 64-bit extended systems:
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 AS, ES, and WS, stock 2.4.21, update 2.4.21-15, and updates 6 and 7
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 AS, ES, and WS, update 8 (experimental support)
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 AS, ES, and WS, including update 3
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 update 4 (experimental support)
• SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (experimental support)
• SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, including SP1, SP2, and SP3
• SUSE Linux 10
• SUSE Linux 10.1
• SUSE Linux 9.3
• SUSE Linux 9.2, including SP1
• SUSE Linux 9.1 stock 2.6.4-52
• Mandriva Linux 2006
• Ubuntu Linux 5.04 and 5.10
• Ubuntu Linux 6.06 (experimental support)

32-bit host computers can run the following operating systems:
• Mandriva Linux 2006
• Mandrake Linux 10.1
• Mandrake Linux 9.0 stock 2.4.19
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 AS, ES, and WS, including updates 1,2, and 3
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 update 4 (experimental support)
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0, updates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 update 8 (experimental support)
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1stock 2.4.9-e3
• Red Hat Linux 9.0, stock 2.4.20-8 and upgrade 2.4.20-20.9
• Red Hat Linux 8.0 stock 2.4.18
• Red Hat Linux 7.3 stock 2.4.18
• Red Hat Linux 7.2, stock 2.4.7-10 and upgrades 2.4.9-7, 2.4.9-13, 2.4.9-21, and 2.4.9-31
• SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (experimental support)
• SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9, including SP1, SP2, and SP3
• SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 stock 2.4.19
• SUSE LINUX 9.3
• SUSE LINUX 9.2
• SUSE Linux 10
• SUSE Linux 10.1
• SUSE LINUX 9.1 stock 2.6.4-52
• SUSE LINUX 9.0 stock 2.4.21-99
• SUSE Linux 8.2 stock 2.4.20
• SUSE Linux 7.3
• Ubuntu Linux 5.04 and 5.10
• Ubuntu 6.06

Note:
As new Linux kernels and distributions are released, VMware modifies and tests its products for stability and reliability on those host platforms. VMware makes every effort to add support for new kernels and distributions in a timely manner, but until a kernel or distribution is added to the list, its use is not supported. Look for newer prebuilt modules in the Download section of VMware Web site. Go to http://www.vmware.com/download.

Other Linux host operating system requirements include:
• Linux kernel 2.2.14-5.0 is not supported.
• Standard Linux server installation is required with glibc version 2.1 or higher and libXpm.so.
• The inetd process must be configured and active for VMware Server Console and VMware Management Interface connections.
• Version 2.1.36 of the SCSI Generic (sg.o) driver is required to use generic SCSI devices in virtual machines.
• Perl 5.005x or higher is required to use VmPerl API.
• X server is required to run the VMware Server Console.

The VMware Management Interface requires one of these browsers:
• Firefox 1.x
• Mozilla 1.x
• Netscape Navigator 7.0


I'm running it on a (slightly) slimmed down SuSE 10.1 base under gnome and performance is very good. I typically have 4-9 operating systems running in a full screen tabbed interface; it's quite nice to work with Smile
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quasar



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I'm running VMWare Server on Slackware 10.2 without problems, but installation needed some tweaking :)
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