[CentOS] KVM as a desktop

Wed Aug 29 13:22:55 UTC 2012
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 08/28/2012 10:37 AM, Akemi Yagi wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM, James B. Byrne <byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca> wrote:
>>> I am nearing the end of a project that moved our disparate services
>>> and hosts onto kvm virtualized servers.  What I am now contemplating
>>> is setting up my desktop as a virtual host and using one of the guests
>>> as my primary workstation.
>>> However, I am not sure how this would work in practice.  I am
>>> accustomed to working with virtual instances via ssh (a terminal
>>> window) and with my desktop system in a Gnome window manager.  Is
>>> there a reference somewhere that outlines the mechanics of logging
>>> into a virtual guest's graphical desktop directly from the physical
>>> console of the kvm host system?
>> I like to use freenx to host the desktop and the NX client to display
>> it.  That should work regardless of whether the desktop is a VM or not
>> and regardless of the OS or location of the display - and it wouldn't
>> surprise me if it performs better than whatever the built-in KVM
>> mechanism uses.   Even if you normally work locally, you may find it
>> handy to be able to pick up the display from elsewhere with everything
>> still running and have good performance.
> The wiki is here:
> http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/FreeNX
> Also look into spice:
> http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Spice-libvirt

I do several Windows desktops with spice

I think I would use freenx for a linux desktop .. unless sound is
important, then spice would be my choice.

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