[CentOS] CentOS 5.2

Sat Apr 5 19:00:51 UTC 2008
Jayson Rowe <jayson.rowe at gmail.com>

On Sat, 5 Apr 2008, Michael A. Peters wrote:

> Travis Fraser wrote:
>> On Sat, 2008-04-05 at 08:57 -0700, Michael A. Peters wrote:
>>> If I read correctly - the 5.2 release will have xen 3.0
>>> Does that mean I will be able to run vista as guest operating system?
>>> I seem to remember reading that vista could be run under xen 3.0
>>> I have found instructions for installing XP under xen 3.0 in Debian, so 
>>> I'm hoping it vista on CentOS 5.2 will also be possible ??
>>> There's only a small handful of apps I need/want - but they don't do 
>>> well under wine (IE garmin software for putting maps on my GPS) - and I 
>>> don't want to dual boot.
>> Why not use vmware or virtualbox? Either would work fine. You would need
>> to do an install of Windows anyway into the virtual machine, right?
> vmware is an option but I've seen a lot of issues where kernel updates 
> break it and you have to keep running an older kernel until a fix is issued.
> virtualbox I had not heard of - but it looks like the free version isn't 
> fully functional (IE some USB device issues). I may try it - hopefully 
> the serial port works because I must have working serial port (for 
> communication with my garmin).
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For VMWware, if you're running CentOS you will not run into kernel 
problems since CentOS 5 will stay on 2.6.18 with only minor updates. You 
might have to re-run vmware-config to rebuild the module, but you should 
have no problems otherwise. By the time Centos 6 comes out, I'm sure VMWare will 
caught up!

As for VirtualBox, the free version is absolutely fully functional...it's 
just there are 2 version, both of which are free (grais).

One is the regular edition, which doesn't cost anything, but includes some 
closed-source drivers and add-ons called the VirtualBox additions which 
are similar to the VMWare tools and/or XenTools (if you've ever used 
Citrix XenServer) the VirtualBox OSE is fully functional, it just doesn't 
include the special drivers.

It's up to you to decided with VirtualBox if you want something that is 
free as in beer, or free as in freedom.

Hope this clears it up for you a bit!