Thursday, May 08, 2008
Virtualization on Ubuntu 8.04
I have virtualization running on my computer now. More details on my Ubuntu Living blog.
If you're not quite sure what I'm babbling about, what it means is: I can have an operating system running on top of my operating system. Right now, I'm showing Ubuntu on Ubuntu, but I could just as easily have Windows on Ubuntu. Not just one, but several, too.
Why would I want to do this? Personally, it means I can muck around with software without affecting my main computer. Each guest operating system runs in its own sandbox. It doesn't affect anything else (except over the network.) I can build and destroy additional operating systems as needed.
To think that I used to do this on an IBM xSeries 360 server (costing upwards of P1-M) and needing VMWare Server software (costing upwards of P500-K).
Now I can do it on a clone box that costs under P22,000 and using free software.