Virtual Multi-OS Server

Alan McKinnon alan at
Mon Jun 5 15:20:28 UTC 2006

On Monday 05 June 2006 15:26, David Abrahams wrote:
> Alan McKinnon <alan at> writes:

> > There's vmware - some versions free of charge - which performs
> > quite nicely and the workstation version is dead easy to use. It
> > takes a bit of a hit on heavy disk IO loads, but you have really
> > load the machine to notice
> Well, I'll be doing lots of compilation and testing, so it could
> get to that point.

There's at least one gotcha I forgot to mention. I assume you know 
your way around the box, but the vmware product is new to you. If I'm 
wrong, strip out the bits you already know:

vmware delivers a pre-compiled binary (essentially closed source) and 
a collection of open source kernel drivers for the host OS. These get 
compiled as part of the config step and if you do this on 2.6.16 you 
get an odd error that the headers have the wrong version or some such 
thing. (It's been a while, I forget the details).

There's a change in 2.6.16 which breaks the install script and you 
need to patch vmware to get it to work. Google will find it for you, 
about 300k, the one I used is vmware-any-any-update101.tar.gz

If only me, you and dead people understand hex, 
how many people understand hex?

Alan McKinnon
alan at linuxholdings dot co dot za
+27 82, double three seven, one nine three five

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