Linked by snydeq on Wed 16th Dec 2009 20:13 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy takes an in-depth look at VMware Workstation 7, VirtualBox 3.1, and Parallels Desktop 4, three technologies at the heart of 'the biggest shake-up for desktop virtualization in years.' The shake-up, which sees Microsoft's once promising Virtual PC off in the Windows 7 XP Mode weeds, has put VirtualBox -- among the best free open source software available for Windows -- out front as a general-purpose VM, filling the void left by VMware's move to make Workstation more appealing to developers and admins. Meanwhile, Parallels finally offers a Desktop for Windows on par with its Mac product, as well as Workstation 4 Extreme, which delivers near native performance for graphics, disk, and network I/O.
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Another example of why Linux' total disregard for stable interfaces is bad for users and vendors

Parallels isn't a Linux product and you can't blame Linux if the kernel breaks Parallels when it's supposed to be transparent to the OS (just like every other VM product is)

It's been a while since I've used VMware on Linux but my experience then was hardly what one would call "transparent" - the installer built a kernel module for the running kernel.
If you change kernels or run mulitple, you would need
a kernel module for each. Not all the "user-friendly" distros have all the required dev tools installed for you to accomplish this, and, in some cases, like recent Ubuntus , it's not a straightforward process to obtain them.

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