[Chtechcomm] FYI: Free VMWare virtualization + our MUNIs

Evelyn Daniel daniel at ils.unc.edu
Tue Feb 7 11:34:43 EST 2006


thanks for the report, Arek.  With MUNIS, perhaps the 'water dropped on 
stone' is the best approach.

Evelyn

--On Tuesday, February 07, 2006 1:55 AM -0500 Arek Kempinski 
<akempinski at townofchapelhill.org> wrote:

>
> 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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> 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:
>
> 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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