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  1. #1
    TheMask NNTP User

    Default Which Virtualization to choose?


    Well, the topics question might sound odd, but I just cant decide.

    As far as Ive heard, XEN (which naturally comes with the newest
    release of OpenSuse) is condidered to be good - but its meant for
    server virtualization. It does not fully support Nvidia drivers also. So
    what would be my best bet to, lets say, emulate Windows 7 and maybe
    another System? Vmware Workstation? Keep in mind that I want to
    integrate the machine as much as possible (speed, full USB support,
    wifi, etc.).

    Id be glad to hear some good suggestions and why YOU would choose the
    software you told me.

    *Mask.*


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    Ecky NNTP User

    Default Re: Which Virtualization to choose?


    I don't know of any virtualisation software that would 'support' your
    nvidia drivers, I guess because a virtual OS is using virtual hardware

    Usb devices aside of course

    I've used both vmware and virtualbox quite a lot and neither of them
    would use your graphics card's native drivers, at least I've never seen
    either work in that way, couldn't even say for sure whether it's
    possible

    As for wireless, if you're planning on using a usb wireless adapter and
    have the usb support functioning properly I should imagine that would
    work whatever virtualisation solution you choose

    Can't say I've ever tried it though as I don't really see any point.
    The virtual network adapters have always worked fine for me ... unless
    you were wanting to check whether a wireless device would actually work
    with a particular OS


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  3. #3
    TheMask NNTP User

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    Nope. I just want to use my internal wireless card.

    As for the driver thingy: Installation of proprietary NVIDIA drivers is
    possible (you are booting into a separate XEN-kernel). But this somehow
    messed up my
    mouse function and it ended up that I couldnt run my VM anymore.

    So I think about switching. Is there actually a list somewhere
    comparing the different speed of Virtualization software?

    -TM-


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    Ecky NNTP User

    Default Re: Which Virtualization to choose?


    You were talking about not using Xen which you said doesn't support your
    drivers anyway, although that could just be related to how you
    installed/configured your driver

    I've never used Xen myself so I can't really tell you much about driver
    issues with it

    In vmware or virtualbox which are the only two Ive used myself, your
    internal wireless card wouldn't be an issue provided the wireless was
    working correctly in your host os, which I'm assuming they are. Your
    guest os should just connect with the network settings left on dhcp,
    again, with Xen I'm not sure about this

    In both vmware and virtualbox once your guest os is installed and
    booted you then install what they call 'guest additions', once these are
    installed your graphics shoud work fine, no need for nvidia drivers

    As for a list comparing speed, google is your friend

    Bear in mind though that almost every company will claim theirs is the
    best


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    arcull NNTP User

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    Hi, I personally use VirtualBox on suse 11.1 and run Win Xp as guest
    system without any graphic issues. Its easy to install it and has a nice
    gui to configure your guest machines, so I give a vote for it


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    TheMask NNTP User

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    I am using VMware workstation. No problems, smooth boot and a whole new
    great experience.

    Thanks for helping out guys! --Thread may be closed--
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