[Chtechcomm] FYI: Free VMWare virtualization + our MUNIs

chtechboard at willraymond.org chtechboard at willraymond.org
Tue Feb 7 10:41:20 EST 2006


Arek,

You could run this is a Citrix-like or shared fashion. VMWare is
the cadillac of this tech.  We use it for Q/A, etc. so maybe
Brandon can chime in.

Will

>
> 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...
>
>
> A.
>
>
> Arkadiusz (Arek) Kempinski
> Town of Chapel Hill / IT dept.
> 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
> Chapel Hill, NC. 27514
> (o) 919.968.2888 x356
> (e) akempinski at TownOfChapelHill.org
> <mailto:akempinski at TownOfChapelHill.org>
> (f) 919.969.2017
>
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>
>
> Hey guys,
>
> The "leader" in O/S virtualization software, VMWare, has released
> a free version of their product unencumbered with licensing issues:
>
> http://www.vmware.com/products/server/faqs.html
>
> 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.
>
> Will
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