Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Oct 2006 14:53 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "Linux had always lacked a Open Source virtualisation technology in the same league as Solaris containers or commercial product like Vmware. That was until Xen came into the picture. Xen is an opensource virtual machine monitor for x86 that supports execution of multiple guest operating systems. Recently, I downloaded the Xen Live CD ISO image from their website and burned it on to a CD in order to give it a trial run. What follows below are my experiences in trying out this very promising virtualisation technology."
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Hmm, Xen
by MattPie on Mon 16th Oct 2006 15:33 UTC
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The only problem I see with Xen is that it's not as easy as VMware (well, that and Windows support on the current iteration). With VMware, it just makes *sense*. You create a VM with the web wizard, optionally assign an ISO image for the CD-ROM, and it acts just like a regular PC in a window.

Xen (admittedly, I didn't delve too far into it and in the 2.0 time frame) wasn't 'easy' like that. You have to find custom kernels or patched OSs (like FreeBSD), and I'm still unsure of how you actually 'install' the guest OS. I tried Xen in SLES10, and the VM failed to boot properly.

The test CD is fantastic, but it's a canned world. As soon as you try to create your own setups, the learning curve gets steep.

I'm sure someday Xen will be made easy, but right now its more hassle than I'm willing to put into it.

Edited 2006-10-16 15:34

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