Virtual Machines

d~_*b theunknownandrew at
Mon Oct 18 04:19:20 UTC 2010

On 18 October 2010 05:54, Christopher Chan
<christopher.chan at> wrote:
> On Sunday, October 17, 2010 11:46 PM, d~_*b wrote:
>> I have been happy running Windows on VirtualBox over OpenSolaris and
>> Solaris10 machines. I feel it provides seamless integration between
>> the two environments and has less hassles during configuration.
> Hassles? WHAT HASSLES? :-D Okay, maybe a tiny bit.
> I ran a VNC session over the Net. The other side has a 100mbit
> connection and my side has a 50mbit connection. Installed Windows 7
> Professional and boy was it choppy. Turns out that the Nvidia display
> was not supported by the bundle driver. Get the latest from Nvidia,
> installed it, enabled 3D support in Virtualbox and installed the Guest
> drivers in Windows and hey presto! I can even watch a flash video being
> played in Windows (okay, no sound, a little bit choppy but this is over
> vnc) and I doubt that can be achieved with Linux and KVM at the moment.
> Disk i/o was not too shabby either nevermind that there is no virtio
> infrastructure like there is on Linux but Virtualbox and OpenSolaris do
> support virtio for nics. Having done both kvm and Virtualbox, I am sold
> on vbox until a kvm solution makes use of a paravirtualized 3D solution
> for Windows. At which time I shall take another look.
>> Guess I am more inclined towards Sun since I used to work for them
>> till Oracle acquired it.
> I don't care about whoever made the thing so much so as how great the
> product is. ZFS rocks. Now if only I can get all these other software
> with pesky usage of gcc extentions to compile with Sun Studio...
Totally agree with you on that, I still believe DTrace beats Strace
and I miss ZFS's snapshot's ability  :(
>> Its a shame OpenSolaris is now dis-continued, however I hope Oracle
>> proves itself by taking Solaris 11 Express to new heights
> Who cares about what Oracle did? There is now Illumos for the kernel
> bits (okay, and a bit more) and choices of Nexenta if you like a Hardy
> env + gnu ld linked binaries or OpenIndiana which will attempt to carry
> on the legacy of OpenSolaris. In fact, with quite a few top engineers
> that were involved in stuff like dtrace and zfs out of Oracle's shadow
> and working on Illumos, it might even better whatever Oracle comes out
> with later if Illumos gets more people involved and hopefully a great
> distro or two too.

Agreed... and it could be true since Oracle's agreed to lend the
source to Sun's opensource partners, but only after Oracle releases
its final product first, thereby maintaining any patents if

  & RU  d~_*b

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