Uhhhh, have you not been following what I have already written about my use of VMs in various threads about Java on the Mac?
I run VMWare on the Mac, on Linux and Windows. I have for years. I have also run Parallels (I interviewed for a job with them once). I have also tried out Virtual Box.
I have run Windows, Solaris, various flavors of Linux and even Haiku in a VM on OSX. I am running Win 7 and Win '08 Server (running SQLServer) as I speak. I have Win2K, WinXP, Win Server, Win 7, and three different Linux distro VMs all sitting on my Mac. I have run Windows in a VM on Linux and Linux in a VM on Windows. I've been doing this for years. It is fairly standard stuff in the enterprise domain (my client has half a dozen Windows server VMs running on various servers). I've run VMs on small lightweight boxes (both Macs and non-Macs) and on my MacPro.
So no, I am not kidding and yes, I have a fairly decent idea of how much resources each guest OS takes inside a VM, not to mention the overhead of the VM itself, since yes, I *have* tried it. Which is one reason I have 18 GB of RAM in my machine. At the rates I charge, it is a lot more productive to buy extra memory than it is to fiddle with restarting a VM because it hasn't enough RAM to be stable in the VM, and the host OS doesn't have enough RAM to perform well. I actually keep a fairly close eye on how the RAM is used by the VM, the memory available to the guest OS in the VM, and how stable the VM is - more RAM does make a significant difference - unless you want to restart the VM every couple of hours.
Now granted, not everybody uses their machines or Windows in a VM to the extent I do, but I do have a vague idea of what it takes to setup and run various guest OSes in various VM solutions, and the kind of performance you can expect from the setup. I am thinking maybe you do not - or you have an entirely different idea of what is acceptable.
On Oct 29, 2010, at 5:22 PM, Raymond Martin wrote:
> On October 29, 2010 08:03:49 pm Developer Dude wrote:
> It seems to me that you have not even tried this at all. Do the experiment and
> then talk to me. I have done it.
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