Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Nov 2009 23:45 UTC
Oracle and SUN Yesterday (today if you're in the US), Sun released the latest version of its virtualisation solution, VirtualBox 3.1. Among speed improvements and other smaller features, the biggest news is that Virtualox 3.1 introduces something called teleportation: you can move running VMs between machines - servers or clients, different architectures, different host operating systems, it doesn't matter to VirtualBox. Coincidentally, this reminded me of an idea I once had about moving running applications between machines.
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Theoretically it could work, but as the hardware capabilities will change underneath the player during playback you'll probably have to configure it for the lowest common denominator and the limitations of VirtualBox. That means no hardware accelerated playback, no multichannel audio or AC3/DTS passthrough, no LIRC, etc. To make those things work would properly, as you say, would require a heck of a lot of work.

A much easier thing to implement would instead be a backend/frontend split where a shared backend could have many frontends.

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