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Re: [SLE] SuSE 9.1? (With a 2.6 kernel?)
  • From: Bruce Marshall <bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 11:22:48 -0500
  • Message-id: <200403021122.48337.bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Tuesday 02 March 2004 11:12 am, Steven T. Hatton wrote:
> Is it really a virtual machine architecture? I guess that's why they call
> it _V_M_ ware, eh?  I assume VMware sits on top of the chip, and intercepts
> the calls from the two OS's and parcels out the resources as it sees fit.
>  If everybody involved were playing nicely together, it wouldn't bother me.
>  It's just that Bill always seem to be trying to break such things.
> About a year back, Sun filed suit for a $Billion U.S. because XP broke
> Java. That /is/ 10.00^9.
> How does it deal with network connections, and other potentially competing
> resources?

I think you're making it much more complicated than it really is.

Many hardware architectures provide for a virtual mode, where the memory is
mapped/translated so that it appears to the VM that it has been loaded at
address 0. The host (linux in this case) pages the virtual memory and the
hardware does the address translations.

So far so good... and the only thing (a big generalization) that needs to be
added is the ability to do 'low level' stuff such as disk IO, network stuff,
etc. This is where VMware comes in.

Whenever Win98 (for example) tries to make a call to do hardware types of
things, i.e. things that a normal user program wouldn't be allowed to do, an
interrupt is created and that interrupt goes to VMware which can simulate the
disk IO as an example. Thus, Win98 can be writing to a reiserfs disk file
which in fact, it knows nothing about reiserfs. VMware handles all the disk

Same for networking and other calls.

But yes, it is truely a virtual architecture which can be seen when installing
windows into VMware. You have to do all of the normal things you would do on
the real hardware... make partitions, format them, boot from a floppy, etc.

+ Bruce S. Marshall bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx Bellaire, MI 03/02/04 11:17 +
"Neuroses are red,
Melancholia's blue,
I'm schizophrenic,
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