[TLUG]: running windows via kvm module -- any experiences?

Matt Price matt.price at utoronto.ca
Wed Jan 31 14:47:29 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-01-30 at 18:24 -0500, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 06:06:05PM -0500, Matt Price wrote:
> > My girlfriend is buying a new computer a month or two from now and I'm
> > hoping to convince her to let me install ubuntu feisty on it, and set up
> > a windows VM using the new KVM module and rdesktop.  The idea of the VM
> > is to let her use software she feels she 'really needs' -- right now,
> > this is MS Office, endnote and Dreamweaver (I'd like to make all 3
> > disappear, but that's another, longer-term project).  
> Remember KVM _requires_ a CPU with hardware virtualization instructions.
> Not all CPUs have that.  None of mine do so I certainly can't try it
> out. :)
yes, I know.  the core-duo hcips seem the obvious hcoice, probably
either a thinkpad x60 or a sony sz series.  

> > Her main objection right now is that the person trying to convince her
> > is a known linux ideologue who spends hours at a time hacking on his
> > machine, and that she has no interest whatsoever in hacking -- she just
> > wants her computer to work for her in a fully transparent way.  
> Another option is vmware, although that may be too much trouble to use
> as well.

I do want to keep it pretty fast.  vmware is fairly straightforward to
set up on ubuntu now, htough, so that may actually be a pretty good

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> Len Sorensen
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Matt Price
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