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Re: [opensuse] (OT) which virtual machine that better.
  • From: Adam Jimerson <vendion@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:26:28 -0500
  • Message-id: <200901191326.33176.vendion@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Monday 19 January 2009 12:09:41 pm Greg Freemyer wrote:
On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 11:57 AM, Adam Jimerson <vendion@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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

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

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.


The problem with that is I don't have any spare machines that I could do that
with else I would not be in this situation. Code weavers is also not an
option, I downloaded it the day that released it for free due to the lame duck
challenge and it also didn't work because of the .net framework. Also from
what I hear from others that have tried but this program does not play nice
over RDP or VNC.
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