Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Oct 2007 20:08 UTC, submitted by twickline
Microsoft Microsoft has released its Virtual Machine Additions for Linux. "Virtual Machine Additions for Linux are designed to improve the usability and interoperability of running qualified Linux operating systems as guests or virtual machines of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1." Red Hat and SUSE are the obvious supported guests.
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Virtual PC already supported Linux
by kosmonaut on Thu 25th Oct 2007 12:24 UTC
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I tried Virtual PC for the first time back in 2004, it was Connectix Virtual PC back then, since it is by no means something Microsoft has produced, then it was BOUGHT by Microsoft.

If you look up Connectix in the wikipedia:

Virtual PC and Virtual server emulation software of x86-based personal computers for the Macintosh and Windows (sold to Microsoft).

With the sale of Virtual PC development and support, staff were transferred to Microsoft, including Chief Technical Officer Eric Traut, but not including any of the Connectix board members or Technical Support. Its Macintosh products, including DoubleTalk, CopyAgent and RAM Doubler, were discontinued.

Guess what was the first thing Microsoft did when they re-branded the product?: They changed the menu option labelled "Linux/I386" that allowed you to create a Linux virtual machine with the label "others", so if you didn't know that Connectix Virtual PC allowed explicitly to create a Linux vmachine you felt like "just lets try if this works".
So there is nothing new here. If something, Microsoft might be restricting which distros they allow to work within virtual PC, with the aim to corner Linux just to the main commercial offerings, and maybe dropping Red Hat if they not cave in to Microsoft patent threats in the future.
Anyhow, there is no use to using Virtual PC, for one the preferred way to virtualizations shuld be Microsoft VMachines as guests inside Gnu/Linux hosts: Thus you can visrtualise the unstable system inside a stable and secure host. Virtualisation the way Microsoft likes it is foolish.
Moreover, why bother using Virtual PC when you can have VMWare and VirtualBOX, which are multiplatform and costless??

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