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Re: [Xen-users] I Xen ready for desktop virtualization?

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] I Xen ready for desktop virtualization?
From: Henrik Langos <hlangos-xen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:50:15 +0100
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On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 01:24:28PM -0500, Chris Jones wrote:
> I currently have the following environments on my laptop:
>   . Windows Vista¹
>   . Debian ‘lenny’
>   . Debian ’squeeze’
>   . Ubuntu 10.10
> Considering that the way they are set up, I never use more than 10-15%
> of the 4G of RAM that came with this laptop. I thought it might be worth
> trying to install a Xen dom0 on a separate partition and migrate the
> above environments to four virtual machines.

> Is Xen the right tool for desktop virtualization or should I look
> elsewhere?
Even if I run the risk of being called a traitor ;-) I'd suggest you take a 
look at VirtualBox. It is open source and will come much closer handling-wise
to what you are used from vmware.
> ¹ Only kept while the laptop is under warranty, in the event I need some
>   common ground to work with the manufacturer's tech support.

That probably means you will have to run Vista on bare metal. Otherwise the 
support/diag tools will be of little use.


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