Linked by David Adams on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 19:32 UTC
Windows Microsoft seems to be "all in" with its virtualization strategy these days: back in June we heard word of a client-hypervisor (Hyper-V 3.0) built into Windows 8 and in mid-July, Hyper-V for the upcoming Windows Server 8 was publicly unveiled. And I've dug up evidence of a much bigger presence of MinWin in Microsoft's upcoming OS. So how is this fitting together? Is this the ultimate virtualization trio?
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RE: Wild speculation
by hechacker1 on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 21:44 UTC in reply to "Wild speculation"
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It appears to just decouple the kernel from the rest of the system, making a clean(er) break between the userspace API and critical kernel functions.

I do like the speculation that Windows 8 might actually emulate older software in a virtual environment to keep all the cruft off the main kernel and userspace.

Ideally every process would be contained in a sandbox, and running third-party oses could also happen seamlessly with VT-x extensions. Assuming you have the hardware, it runs at nearly native speed.

The only problem if this happens is that we will need processors that support VT-x and EPT. Intel has a bad habit of artificially segmenting those features on lower end processors. That would also leave a large part of the current market out.

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