[linux-elitists] Virtualization

Mike MacCana mmaccana@redhat.com
Tue Feb 22 21:49:20 PST 2005


J. Paul Reed wrote:

>On 23 Feb 2005 at 13:12:41, Mike MacCana arranged the bits on my disk to say:
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>>>I don't have a problem with it not being OSS, but VMware runs Windows at
>>>decent speed, and it does things QEmu can't. Like persistent disk modes.
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>>QEmu supports copy on write disk images, which give you exactly this 
>>feature.
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>Someone else corrected me on that; I'd have to look at QEmu closer to see
>if it's comparable to what Workstation does.
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>>In my opinion, though, VMWare workstation, on Linux, is living on 
>>borrowed time.and that's what'll be eaten by QEmu.
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>Main use (for better or worse) of Workstation on Linux: running Windows.
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Yes, running Windows is nice. I have the feeling that someone - maybe 
Lindows, maybe Red Hat, whoever - may pay Fabrice some cash, and start 
including QEmu in their desktop distros.

>I will say (and this is 100% my own opinion) it's unlikely due to the fact
>that Microsoft's purchase of Connectix puts them in the same market, so it
>does not benefit them to license the Windows source code to a direct
>competitor.
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>>* Do you think Microsoft will ever port Windows to run directly inside a
>>(re-written) successor to Virtual Server?
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>Yes.
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>But again, that's my personal opinion (because that would only make good
>business sense for Microsoft) and NOT the opinion of my employer.
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Thanks muchly for your answers.

Mike



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