[Chtechcomm] FYI: Free VMWare virtualization + our MUNIs

Arek Kempinski akempinski at townofchapelhill.org
Tue Feb 7 01:55:27 EST 2006

Well, virtual machine(s) have been around for some time now.  We experimented with Xen (open source variant of virtual machine) for many different reasons... From the article you quoted "Q: What is VMware Server?  A: VMware Server is a free virtualization product for Windows and Linux servers. It enables companies to quickly provision new server capacity by partitioning a physical server into multiple virtual machines."  

So, Virtualization allows hardware abstraction so that any kernel 'thinks' it is talking to hardware, while it is actually conversing via one of the abstracting software processes.  Virtualization allows multiple instances of operating systems run simultaneously in same hardware (providing adequate hardware resources: disk/memory-space exists), but that is all it does.  Emulators like 'wine' and win4lin actually "translate" windows applications calls to the kernel into something that Linux can process, therefore windows operating system is not required (unfortunately the free version of wine will not run MUNIS client, and commercial version is almost $100 per client; win4lin significantly eclipses that mark).  With VMware, one would still need to install windows in order to run windows application within the virtual machine (so no savings on windows license, and slight decrement in performance).   

On the other hand, I had more conversations with both MUNIS, and FourJ's.  I have since received, and experimented with MUNIS Macintosh client in "Sheep Saver" and "Basilisk" (Mac emulators for Linux).  So far, both to no avail, but the error codes appear more verbose and descriptive - perhaps with more time/lack...


Arkadiusz (Arek) Kempinski
Town of Chapel Hill / IT dept.
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Subject: [Chtechcomm] FYI: Free VMWare virtualization + our MUNIs

Hey guys,

The "leader" in O/S virtualization software, VMWare, has released
a free version of their product unencumbered with licensing issues:


What is virtualization and why should we care?  Virtualization
allows you to run Windows applications (in fact the whole windows
environment) on top of Linux.  The main argument (it seems) in moving
forward with the OSS pilot has been the MUNIS "problem".

Through VMWare's free or low cost next gen solution, we can solve
the MUNIs problem.

I'd like to hear from Bob and company on this development.


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