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Re: [Xen-devel] "Bounties" on XEN to Windows2000 support

  • To: xen-devel <xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: "Antoine NIVARD" <anivard@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 15:39:27 +0100
  • Delivery-date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 14:41:26 +0000
  • List-id: List for Xen developers <xen-devel.lists.sourceforge.net>

I asked about Xen support with Linux like the host OS and Windows the guest

On the host system, Linux/Xen can not give virtual networking card, video
card, disk space, etc. ?
like Vmware?

      Antoine N.

>> Basically it comes down to the fact that Windows activation is based on
>> hardware signatures.  Running over an open-source virtual machine this
>> is not a meaningful thing to do.  To get XP working over Xen I basically
>> had to bypass the activation mechanisms.  I know of no easy technical
>> enforcement mechanism to prevent on copy of XP being run an arbitrary
>> number of times.
> did you discuss the possibility of simple USB security fobs? as the base
> for the activation key?  These devices are readily available for
> lockware and it seems to me this could be easily adapted to this
> application.  Think of it as a fundraiser for the xen project.

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