On 2/8/07, Petersson, Mats <Mats.Petersson@xxxxxxx> wrote:
But why would ANY NORMAL person use virtualization at all? Most people
don't use computers in a way where virtualization makes any sense in the
first place - so why would they want virtualization (whether it's easy
to use or not)? The average person uses a computer for:
1. Playing games.
2. Web-browsing and e-mail.
3. Writing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
Where does any of this get any "better" by running virtualization? What
problem are you trying to solve?
- many people are fed with windows, but need it for some tasks.
running linux as main system and windows (with full usb and other
device access - because exactly missing drivers are the main fact why
they still need windows sometimes)
Having an easy to access virtualization solution would getting more
people using linux on the desktop, only resorting someimes back to
windows when it's unavoidable.
- One could isolate the web and general internet stuff from the other
stuff for security
- if you help "normal users" with their computers, often enough you
have things to do because they "play their systems to death" by
installing a whole lot of crap. Still, everybody must try new
software, because otherwise we were still stuck at DOS :)
With nicely working virtualization, I can give them one VM that
contains the important software, that must always work, and not give
them the root password, and
one "playing vm" that they can play to death as often as they want -
it's just recovered from an image if it's broken.
With "very nicely" working virtualization, they could do this on their
own, or I had much less trouble to set these things up.
At a time where kqemu finally gets free software, and kvm, Xen might
not be interesting anymore in these areas - but it could have been...
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