Linux KVM and some more M$ PR jokes

Young man,

Are you over 18 and use Linux? Do you have an Intel-VT or an AMD-V CPU and love to emulate those fancy apps [not available for Linux]? Are you tired of VMWare or other resource-and-time-consuming virtualization tools?

Cry no more, KVM has just arrived to save your souls! KVM stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine and even being a little-baby in a grown-up world, it’s already showing its potential when it comes to run virtualized OSes with high stability and great performance.

Check a more detailed article about it and a video of Windows XP running smoothly inside Fedora.

For the ones using Debian/Ubuntu take a look at this step-by-step.

I’m excitingly looking forward for 2007 on this 😀

What Micro$oft gives, Micro$oft takes?!

In another outstanding PR move Microsoft handed for free (as in beer) some Acer-Ferrari laptops with bundled Vista to some famous tech-bloggers so that they could talk about it in their blogs. Not surprisingly all of them focused the much-negative points about Vista [personally I used it for a week and even that I fell in love with its UI, I hated its huge-resource-eating and the lack of real-new-and-useful-things].

Now Microsoft wants those same bloggers to return the laptops or to give them away. Wh4t t3h f*ck?

It’s very sad that a company like Microsoft is becoming so lost of the path they followed before. Personally I’d like to see an agile Microsoft, a renewed Golias, not thinking only about profit and success, which is understandable as it’s a company-for-profit, but walking towards a new tech-era as Linux is [insert here some Linux-business-oriented-companies to exclude ;-)].


3 thoughts on “Linux KVM and some more M$ PR jokes

  1. JP says:

    Would KVM be a good alternative to VMWare? I personally don’t know (sadly) much about virtualization, but as far as I know, VMWare is the tool of choise for many system administrators. There’s a good knowledge base and a strong community in what concerns VMWare and a lot of deployments of this tech. Alternatively to VMWare we wave Xen, which seems to have a good adoption also. Can’t tell if KVM will suceed, but good for us that we have a great number of choices when it cames to virtualize our servers,

    We should wait (1 or 2 years) to see if KVM is in fact a better option than VMWare.

  2. There are two types of virtualization to have in mind: paravirtualization and full-virtualization. Paravirtualization obligates the Guest OS to be altered in order to be virtualized; Full-virtualization makes it possible to run the Guest OS unchanged. This of course is reflected in resource-consuming efficiency and stability.

    KVM differs from other approaches (i.e. VMWare, Xen, etc.) since that these same approaches follow the paravirtualization ideology, while KVM goes on full-virtualization. But there is a minor-issue: Full-virtualization depends on CPUs with built-in hardware-virtualization support [as specified in the post].

    KVM takes care of these CPU extensions, working at the OS internal [kernel] and therefore making virtualization as something native. IMHO, this will be at medium-term the best choice for IT professionals (Sysadmins, developers), but not gamers 😉 [since that GL-enabled software running virtualized is kind of a “wet dream”].

  3. JP says:

    As I mentioned in my reply, I’m a kind of dumb in what concerns virtualization. Paravirtualization and full-virtualization!? I’ve to check it out. 🙂

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