Re: VMware packaging
Adrian von Bidder <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Sunday 13 August 2006 02:25, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
>> Le dim 13 août 2006 02:06, Peter Collingbourne a écrit :
>> > Dear all,
>> > I found there were no VMware-related packages in the official
>> > repository, nor any way of creating them. Thus I propose to create
>> > a tool that will build (for example for VMware Server) vmware-server
>> > and vmware-modules-source packages based on an installation tarball
>> > (a la java-package).
>> why would we need it when there is already quite plenty of good free
>> alternatives (qemu, bochs e.g.) ?
> * is quite fast
> * does suspend/resume quite beautifully
xen can even migrate a running system from host A to B with only 30ms
downtime (and some sluggish time while it copies the rest).
> * the integration with the guest OS via the vmware tools is quite nice
Never needed that for xen. But I don't run windows.
> * as are shared folders if you're using a Windows guest
nfs, samba, nbd, gfs, ... all the fun of linux.
> * using snapshots and clones based off them are quite useful
Lvm snapshots work just fine.
> Do qemu and/or bochs provide all of those? I use those features regularly
> and would welcome such packages. Of course, I'd welcome a Free alternative
> to vmware even more, but it's just not there atm.
If you aren't running windows then xen is your free alternative. If
you need windows then you need a recent cpu for xen+windows.