Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Feb 2008 22:49 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Heading in a different direction from its main rivals, Ubuntu Linux will use KVM as its primary virtualization software. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server both use the Xen virtualization software, a 'hypervisor' layer that lets multiple operating systems run on the same computer. In contrast, the KVM software runs on top of a version of Linux, the 'host' operating system that provides a foundation for other 'guest' operating systems to run in a virtual mode.
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You can still buy new computers without hardware virtualization. The few Celeron-Ds out there don't have it, nor do the Core-based Celerons and Pentiums, nor the E4xxx-series C2Ds. Apparently Intel sees it as one of those market-segmentation things.

FWIW, hardware-virt is why I paid extra to get an E6300 C2D in April last year.

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