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

On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM, Beartooth <Beartooth swva net> wrote:
On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 17:00:55 -0700, Phil Meyer wrote:

> 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.

> 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.

       What of Rahul's comment, further up the thread, saying "KVM
(assuming you have the hardware support) with Virt-manager (if you
need a GUI)"??

       How do we tell if we have the hardware it takes? (And I for one
do need a GUI for anything very complicated.)

> 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

       Aaaiiieeeee! <runs screaming into the middle distance>

not to be feared about the qemu-kvm command if you have to use it, theres a few parameters and examples, whats really useful is the fact it can be scriped if necessary.  Plus redhat is going with KVM now, so it'll be the one to use for some time.  I sure dont trust anything MS buys into even if its opensource (for now (XEN)).

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