Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jun 2010 15:10 UTC, submitted by Marquis
FreeBSD "The first of the test builds for the FreeBSD 8.1 release cycle is now available for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. Files suitable for creating installation media or doing FTP based installs through the network should be on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites by now."
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FreeBSD as a Virtualization host
by dindin on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 17:52 UTC
dindin
Member since:
2006-03-29

I always thought FreeBSD would make a great Virtualization host. I have used FreeBSD for most things but I always found there was something missing (like Flash) that needed me to boot into windows or Run Linux emulation, etc.

Instead, if we have a rock solid virtualization foundation then we can run the missing features on a virtual machine while at the same time increasing the user based of FreeBSD and hence getting more developers to release for the platfrom natively.

-D

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rhavenn Member since:
2006-05-12

Virtualbox is in ports and works very well and in some areas even better then VMware Workstation. The only problem it's the OSE addition, so no USB pass-through, which kind of sucks and it's a PITA to do headless, but if you don't mind just keeping a server logged in it works great as a VM platform. I have my home server running BSD with virtualbox and then an instance of debian, win2008 and freebsd running. Works like a charm.

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dindin Member since:
2006-03-29

Yeah, I looked into it but with no PCI/USB pass through, some of my TV tuner stuff will not work. I looked into Xen as well, but FreeBSD is not supported for Dom0 yet. NetBSD supports Xen but brings a whole other set of issues.

I wish there was a solution like KVM on FreeBSD. It would be far more useful than Linuxulator or Wine (IMHO).

-D

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