[OT] - Netflix

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Tue Sep 13 16:31:01 UTC 2011

On 13 September 2011 16:06, compdoc <compdoc at hotrodpc.com> wrote:
>>None of my systems use qemu-KVM
> So you know nothing about it.

Now now. You made an assertion that "A windows virtual machine
typically uses RDP or VNC to view the desktop. ". Whilst it's possible
to access a guest using protocols such as RDP and VNC, it's by no
means the only way.

Others have pointed out that you can use VirtualBox and VMWare, and
whilst again the guest can be accessed locally or remotely via network
protocols such as RDP and VNC this is not the way most people access
the virtualised desktop.

If (for example) you have a VM running on your local machine under
VirtualBox then inside the guest you will have typically installed
some guest 'additions' which are drivers for the guest which provide
better access to physical hardware from the guest. One item of
hardware which benefits from this is the virtualised video adapter.

The VM software used passes calls through from the guest to the host
video driver. VNC and RDP aren't used at all for this. This allows for
somewhat accelerated video output, which enables you to play video
inside a guest fairly smoothly. It's not perfect, it's not native
speed but it's pretty good. Probably good enough (depending on
hardware resources) to run a standard definition video stream scaled
full screen.


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