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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RE: Comment by smitty
by phoenix on Tue 1st Dec 2009 20:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by smitty"
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KDE4.4 is coming with remote plasmoids, so that you can have something like a music plasmoid accessible from both your desktop and phone. But that's a long way from what Thom is describing, which is actually migrating entire applications from one device to another.

X11's remote display capabilities gives you something similar. There's even a handy Xmove utility for it. The app continues to run on the original computer, but the display moves over to another computer. Kind of fun to do on a LAN, where you can "throw" applications from your computer to a co-workers, to another co-workers, and back to yours. All without losing anything.

However, that does require X11 to be running on all the computers, and does require an active network connection to the "host" computer.

The easiest way of achieving this kind of interoperability probably goes back to the past, and not a future tech. Just have a mainframe somewhere, which serves the applications you are using to whatever screen you currently happen to be looking at.

Everyone just needs to configure an NX server, and use that for everything. ;) Just "suspend" your NX session on the work computer, start it again on the home computer, and repeat as needed. ;)

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