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Re: F10 -- Xen, VirtualBox, or VMWare?

McGuffey, David C. wrote:
Rather than configuring a dual-boot machine for running those occasional
Windows apps, which one of these virtualization tools provides the best
(read most accurate) virtualization environment on F10?  Which one is
the easiest to install and configure?  I had problems with VMWare on F7,
and would prefer not to go that route again.  I have no experience with
the other two.

Dave McGuffey
Principal Information System Security Engineer // NSA-IEM, NSA-IAM
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I would vote KVM as well. Support for native disks and USB devices is trivial. However, the selling points for me of all of them are these:

1. Xen == Novel/Microsoft (yes, MS bought rights to Xen, and development stopped/slowed to nothing)

2. VMWare == Windows host focus. Linux support is sub par and building their kernel modules may always be an issue.

3. KVM is in the mainline kernel and gets a lot of (good and bad) attention.

4. Virtualbox == some really old code from SUN. It requires its own device driver and can conflict with KVM.

5. I am a command line/scripting person, and starting a series of VMs based upon KVM is easily made to be automatic.

I have no problem typing:

$ sudo qemu-kvm -hda /dev/sdb1 -net nic -net user -m 1024 -soundhw all

Good Luck!

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