[plug] re: virualisation

Gregory Orange gregory.orange at metoceanengineers.com
Mon Aug 27 10:03:50 WST 2007

Jon L. Miller wrote:
> Looking at setting up a virutalisation desktop with SuSE Desktop Linux and
> XP.  Like to know the following:
> 1) has anyone has done it
> 2) hardware used and specs
> 3) dual monitors with 1 x OS per monitor.

Not quite the same, but I run Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 with XP virtualised 
under it, and ordinarily running on a separate virtual desktop. Only one 
monitor, but I don't see why it wouldn't be ok if you had two monitors 
working under X and then just whacked your VMWare Server (or whatever 
product you use) on the second display.

Hardware: HP Compaq nx5000, P-M 1.6GHz, 768MB RAM, 40GB HDD. Runs fairly 
well, but would run better with more RAM. I've given 300MB of RAM to the 
VM (and told it to swap it out modestly ie "some" when it sees fit), but 
YMMV coz it depends on how much you'll be doing in each OS.

On the same machine I also boot up into straight Windows XP sometimes, 
and not surprisingly, it runs noticeably faster and more smoothly.


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