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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I'm running the 32 Bit version of 2003 R2 on KVM under Ubuntu Gutsy just fine. No crashes etc. I am using KVM_AMD and also boot up with the "-no-acpi -std-vga" if that helps. Haven't tried the 2003 64 bit version yet.

For me KVM works well.

I like Xen and am "Xen Certified" meaning I attended a class on it and can therefore pretend to be knowledgeable. For the OpenSource minded it seems that there are too many proprietary hooks (the paravirtualized drivers etc, management interface) to make it a good fit with Ubuntu.. In addition Citrix has not finalized their plans for Xen which leaves some confusion at least for me as to future direction.

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Oops, I'm wrong (just checked again) - I DON'T use "-std-vga" AND I have an ISO declared for the CDROM device (it doesn't seem to like /dev/cdrom if it's empty).

Win2003 32 bit does actually work fine for me under KVM.. .. but to your point it will crash otherwise. so ymmv

Interestingly I've been having difficulty installing an Ubuntu Server image under KVM/Ubuntu but that is a subject for the forums..



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