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Re: [TLUG]: running windows via kvm module -- any experiences?

On Tuesday 30 January 2007 18:06, Matt Price wrote:

> My girlfriend is buying a new computer a month or two from now and I'm
> hoping to convince her to let me install ubuntu feisty on it, and set up
> a windows VM using the new KVM module and rdesktop.  The idea of the VM
> is to let her use software she feels she 'really needs' -- right now,
> this is MS Office, endnote and Dreamweaver (I'd like to make all 3
> disappear, but that's another, longer-term project).

The last time I tried KVM (probably release 5) Windows was very sluggish under 
it.  One very noticeable problem was that the clock ran way too fast (minutes 
going by in seconds).

If your machine is capable of running KVM then it should also be capable of 
running Xen.  My experience with running Windows under Xen has been very good 
(no noticeable slowdown in either dom0 or the Windows VM), I am using ubuntu 
and the default Xen packages provided in edgy.

I prefer the idea of KVM (especially on a laptop) and it's developing rapidly 
so I would expect it to be a good solution before too long - I doubt it's 
there yet.

Fraser Campbell <fraser@wehave.net>                 http://www.wehave.net/
Georgetown, Ontario, Canada                               Debian GNU/Linux

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