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Re: Xen support on Squeeze

On Sun, 3 Jan 2010, Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> wrote:
> It does require virtualisation extensions, but most x86 processors sold in
> the last few years have them.

My SE Linux Play Machine is currently running on a P3-800 system with 256M of 
RAM.  I would like to continue running on that hardware until someone gives 
me better hardware that uses no more electricity and makes no more noise - I 
expect that I will be waiting for a while as the machine in question was 
specifically designed to be quiet and low-power.  NB I am not soliciting 
donations of hardware.


My EeePC 701 has no support for PAE and therefore doesn't even run the recent 
versions of Xen.  The same applies to my Thinkpad T41p (which I am using to 
write this message) and a couple of older Thinkpads that I have lying around.  
If we could get virtualisation running using older and less capable hardware 
than an i686 with PAE (the current Xen requirements) then I would be very 

I expect that it will be several years before Netbook class systems routinely 
ship with hardware that is capable of running KVM.  Even then we won't want 
to drop support for lesser hardware, it's still out there and still running.

I am not the only Debian user who relies on gifts of "obsolete" hardware for a 
significant portion of their computer use.  Some Debian users do this for 
environmental reasons, others do so for financial reasons.  My personal aim 
is to never buy new hardware except in the case of systems that break, and in 
that case I'll buy at auction - which probably means systems that are 2+ 
years old.

Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au>
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