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.

Yeah, baby!

1 comment:

  1. I would comment....if I had the slightest idea what the @#$#@*! you were talking about.