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Old 06-04-2010, 01:17 AM   #1
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Embedded linux driver development on vmware and 64bit window


I am scheduled to work on linux driver of device which is using 32bit CPU
Currently my PC is 64bit Windows 7. I just have small embedded linux experience on 32bit Windows.
I wonder if I can go on my work on this environment. I am going to use vmware and fedora.
It doesn't matter if I use 32bit vmware and fedora?
I have no idea if there is 64bit vmware, but as far as I remember fedora has also 64 bit OS.
I have no idea which is the best and most efficient and most compatible way. I'm afraid I can't use 64bit desktop OS.
Please answer.

Old 06-08-2010, 03:30 AM   #2
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Hi jkim,

Well, to my experience, it is possible to use some virtual-x64 box from an x86 installed host (I've just tried with VMWare Workstation 7 on a Dell 755). Reverse is, of course, possible, if you have an x64 system, with any virtual-platform based software.

What about the matter of using an x86 vmware and Fedora, surely not.

So :

- x86 Host-OS w/ VMWare Workstation => x86 & x64 VMs possible, not sure about any other VBOX software
- x64 Host-OS w/ any VBOX software => x86 & x64 VMs possible.

Keep me up about your case please, would be interested of the results you get.


NOTE : Check that your host bios has the power for virtualization (Intel-VT enabled, trusted execution OFF, just check for any 'memory share' parameter in case your bios options doesn't applies).

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Old 06-09-2010, 06:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for your answer.

I thought I was too sensitive.
I just have done with Win7 64bit + VMware workstation + 32bit Fedora 13
So far, so good.


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