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Old 01-17-2008, 01:10 PM   #1
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Portable VM-supporting distro?


I got to thinking ...

What are the possibilities/issues in using a thumbdrive-based small footprint distro with Xen installed to support virtual machines on the thumbdrive?

Cons:
- The thumbdrive would need to be of sufficient size to fit the distro, plus the VMs
- The computer on which the thumbdrive was booted would need to be able to support the RAM requirements shared among the VMs
- Licensing a problem with proprietary OSs, and applications?

Pros:
- Thumbdrive access would be slower than hard drive access, but I think faster than CDROM (LiveCD) distros.
- Both Linux and Windows could be supported, and run simultaneously.
- Unlike LiveCDs, thumbdrives are writable devices.

I'm interested in your thoughts.
 
Old 01-17-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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Another con, the more writes you make to the portable thumb usb flash whatever drive will eventually die. They last longer if you load the data you want first, then mostly read from it.
 
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Another con, the more writes you make to the portable thumb usb flash whatever drive will eventually die. They last longer if you load the data you want first, then mostly read from it.
That would be a con. Is technology based on flash memory likely to have a higher failure rate? I've never had a flash drive fail, but I suppose running an OS from it would be hard on it?
 
  


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