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Re: [opensuse] (OT) which virtual machine that better.
  • From: "Greg Freemyer" <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 12:09:41 -0500
  • Message-id: <87f94c370901190909o42c0c07bv1cfde279e254a3ce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 11:57 AM, Adam Jimerson <vendion@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Sunday 18 January 2009 10:30:29 pm Jonathan Ervine wrote:

You can quite happily run a Xen kernel with an nVidia graphics card. Using
the proprietary nVidia binary blob as a graphics driver won't work however.


Is there a way to get XEN to use a driver compatible with it, while my normal
Kernel still uses the proprietary driver? This machine is not a server, but I
need to VM windows for school (the program we use won't work under WINE due to
its dependency on .net framework) and I have played with VMware and VirtualBox
and wasn't to happy with them. This machine has a AMD Athon 64 x2 at 2.3 Ghz
with 3 GB or RAM I'm sure it can handle XEN.


Just an FYI:

Here at work, I switched my desktop to Linux a little over a year ago.
I have tried a few VMs to run the few Windows Apps I have to have,
but mostly VMware Server and Code Weavers (the $$ version of wine).

I was unimpressed with the speed of both. A few months ago I tried
doing a remote desktop to a WIN2008 server and using that as my
"Windows Desktop". That has worked great for me since then and I now
rarely use a VM on my Linux Workstation. If I do, it is code weavers
just because it integrates into Linux so well.

We already had the MS server setup, so it was basically a zero effort setup.

I know I'm going against the grain, but at this point, I think keeping
a real MS machine around and using RDP to run your windows apps is the
best choice.

FYI: I don't know which MS OSes support RDP. I've only accessed
servers that way, so I know Win2003 / Win2008 both support 2
simultaneous remote users plus the one local user. I'm not the only
one doing this, so I actually need to find out what it would cost to
add more simultaneous terminal service users to that server. Anyone
happen to know. FYI: We do not have any kind of volume purchase
agreement with MS.

Greg
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