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Re: [Xen-devel] MacBook Pro Yonah (Intel Core Duo)

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So for those of us looking to buy a VT laptop, I have a few questions
to make sure I understand this.  Is the VT functionality provided by
the chip set in stone or is it still in flux?  If it is set in stone,
then the issues of getting XP to run are just software(xen)/bios
issues?  If this is so then when laptops advertised they are "VT
enabled" waiting for a while won't necessarily get you better
functionality per se (just the longer you wait the better the software
will be and the cheaper the laptop will be).

Hopefully this makes sense.  I need to get a laptop soon, and I'd
definitely like to be able to have VT working.  Any advice?

On 1/26/06, Mark Williamson <mark.williamson@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > MacRumor says Yonah will have (or already has?) the Intel Virtualization
> > Technology. But the engineer did not reveal whether it is true.
> It's certainly in the silicon.  But it needs for Intel to enable it, and for
> there to be a compatible BIOS.  I think the latter two are still in doubt...
> It'll definitely be enabled in later Yonahs though.
> > Some people tried to work Windows XP over Xen/i386 3.0 by using the image
> > file of Qemu, but they reported it is not stable.
> Depends what revision of 3.0 you use.  There are fixes and improvements all
> the time in the -unstable branch.  VT support is still maturing, but it does
> run test suites stably under XP these days.  Performance optimisation and
> fixing some corner cases is still ongoing.
> Cheers,
> Mark
> --
> Dave: Just a question. What use is a unicyle with no seat?  And no pedals!
> Mark: To answer a question with a question: What use is a skateboard?
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