Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:00 UTC, submitted by _mikk
Intel "Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a USD 218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare. Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at USD 23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company. Because VMware's stock is split between Class A shares, which have less voting power, and Class B shares, Intel won't control that many votes in the company, but they will get a board seat."
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by kaiwai on Tue 10th Jul 2007 12:50 UTC
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

What I'd like to see is VMWare for Solaris - that would make migration a whole lot easier; QEMU unfortunately doesn't support USB devices on Solaris ;)

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by simo on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:29 in reply to "what..."
simo Member since:
2006-01-09

You mean you don't use Containers/Zones? And the [possibly] sad truth is that most migration is from Solaris to Linux, instead of the other way around, so virtualised Solaris is more important that virtualisation on Solaris.

And why would you want to use USB on server-class kit like Sun boxes?

If you mean Solaris as a desktop OS (yuk!) then I'm sure it wouldn't take OpenSolaris long to get USB drivers for VMWare working.

VMWare support has come a long way. I remember hacking together X11 and NIC drivers for Solaris 8 on VMWare Workstation 3, now with Solaris 10 on VMWare Server, everything pretty much works out of the box.

As far as Windows built-in VM, well if its based on VirtualPC or VirtualServer, I don't think VMWare will be losing any customers any time soon!

For that matter, KVM/Xen are still a long way off VMWare Server on Linux, even on Fedora7, which is pretty much built for virtualisation, its pretty crappy.

The nice thing about QEMU was that it emulates non-x86, but that's the bit that all the forks like VB/KVM/Xen leave out. Imagine virtualised Power or Cell or ARM under VMWare, it would be lovely for developing for PS3 or OpenWRT.

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by psychicist on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:51 in reply to "what..."
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2007-01-27

That's something I would like to see too. But since Solaris already has Zones and Branded Linux Zones there is less of an incentive for VMware to port it. And when Solaris includes Xen by default in the Solaris 11 timeframe so you can run Windows as well (at least on VT/SVM processors), VMware will be shut from another operating system.

BTW the Microsoft Viridian technology is nothing else but an adaptation of Xen to the Windows platform they had to resort to because Virtual PC/Server have horrible performance and features (not that I have ever tried them, because I run Slackware, Solaris and BSD on hosts and Windows 2000/XP occasionally in VMware guests).

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by kaiwai on Tue 10th Jul 2007 14:10 in reply to "RE: what..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

That's something I would like to see too. But since Solaris already has Zones and Branded Linux Zones there is less of an incentive for VMware to port it. And when Solaris includes Xen by default in the Solaris 11 timeframe so you can run Windows as well (at least on VT/SVM processors), VMware will be shut from another operating system.


I need VMWare for Windows support - now if there was a Windows brandz zone, now that would be awesome :-) but the sad thing, it won't happen anytime soon :-(

I need it primarily so that I can load music onto my MiniDisc.

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