Richard's Diary

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Virtualization Dave walked me through VMWare's offerings:
  1. Enterprise editions which are not free
  2. Free editions like Server which can create a 'guest', which is 'hosted' on 'physical' machines
  3. Free editions like Workstation and Player which can, respectively, connect to a remote guest to play on/off and just play a 'disk' (ie, guest)
When I installed Fedora 10 32bit on:
  1. Linux - the installation script uses gcc 4.3 but kernel is compiled with 4.3.1. It had errors and was slow.
  2. Windows - no errors but it was also slow. Maybe it's the 256MB RAM provisioned with each VM
When I installed Ubuntu 8.1 Desktop 64bit on Windows, it was slow also but this time I waited and I discovered the following:
  1. loading the ISO is just always slow
  2. loading the VM disk for the first time is always slow
  3. afterwards, playing the VM is about as fast as a physical machine
  4. you need at least a 3G if not 4G virtual disk and for some reason the Server configured Ubuntu with 512MB of RAM
It would be nice to have isos on USB keys so that a VM could be booted from the CD with the file defined to be one of those isos. Then one could copy the VM disk ('appliance') onto other USB keys so that you could essentially carry around different operating systems and play them as long as a local machine had a player installed.

You would have a third USB key or USB hard drive (all USB storage should be FAT32 formatted so that they can be read and written to by Windows or Linux) to store your files

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