[K12OSN] Software virtualization...opensource way?

luis.montes at cox.net luis.montes at cox.net
Wed Feb 8 16:30:02 UTC 2006

> From: "David Trask" <dtrask at vcsvikings.org>
> Date: 2006/02/08 Wed AM 11:32:20 EST
> To: "Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com>
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Software virtualization...opensource way?
> "Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com> on
> Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 10:57 AM +0000 wrote:
> >The only real problem, especially in a LTSP environment, is memory
> >usage. Each VM needs to be allocated a chunk of RAM. Within limits, it
> >is feasible, but does not scale very far. Running Windows 95 instead
> >Windows XP can save considerably on the memory requirements, but at a
> >substantial functionality and stability cost. Windows 2000 runs just
> >fine in 96 Mb, but is then quite limited as to the programs that can be
> >started. Multiple VMs, all swapping, could cause a significant disk
> >performance problem on the host server.
> Interesting.  My primary interest would be Mac OS X apps...etc.  as I
> already have a Windows terminal server and am using rdesktop....works
> fine.  I'm curious as to things like sound....does sound from a virtual
> machine travel down to a thin client?  Can anyone comment on how OS X apps
> might work in this type of setup...accessed using thin-clients?

Using vmware workstation you could send the sound from the guest OS to /dev/dsp.
I'm not expert on sound & ltsp, so not sure if that helps.

As far as OSX goes, As of version 5 of vmware(the one I'm using) OSX isn't yet supported. I imagine this will change with the coming of OSX for intel.

BTW, way offtopic David, 
Have you looked at the fedora directory server as the basis for an ldap/samba server? Seems like it would be the way to go as all the software should be included.


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