LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-17-2007, 01:59 PM   #1
joshfoulk
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 27

Rep: Reputation: 15
Virtualization using Physcial Partition


Hello all,

I am looking for any open source virtualization software that will allow me to use one of the physical partitions on my computer as my primary drive for a virtual machine.

I know that XEN will do this, but I really don't care for how the XEN window handles "full screen" mode.

Are there any open source alternatives to XEN that will do this?

Thank you,

JF
 
Old 12-17-2007, 02:13 PM   #2
acid_kewpie
Moderator
 
Registered: Jun 2001
Location: UK
Distribution: Gentoo, RHEL, Fedora, Centos
Posts: 43,417

Rep: Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981
Xen *IS* open source... you're free to change how it handles full screen...

stick with Xen i'd say, there's a bigger picture than a fullscreen mode. If that's a real barrier, just don't use that access method. windows domu? use remote desktop. linux domu? use vnc, freenx, xdmcp...

but using a physical drive is very bad practise... what are you trying to achieve with that? if you want a common file share, try using a network connection internally to access the host filesystem or some such.

if you actually do mean open source, then see how KVM can do it. if you actually mean "free" then VMware Server is also available for no pennies.

Last edited by acid_kewpie; 12-17-2007 at 02:17 PM.
 
Old 12-17-2007, 02:33 PM   #3
joshfoulk
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 27

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I would have to say that I agree with everything you said. Very sound advice.

The reason that I want to be able to access my physical partition is that I'm in the process of compiling my own distribution of linux. It is at the stage where I can boot it just fine and I wanted to be able to boot it with a VM so that I have my ubuntu running as well (in case I find a need for any of my tools in the process). The system is compiled on a separate partition on my hard drive. When it gets to the point that I have X server and whatever window manager I choose installed, VNC will probably be the route I take.

Thank you again for your input,

JF
 
Old 12-17-2007, 02:44 PM   #4
acid_kewpie
Moderator
 
Registered: Jun 2001
Location: UK
Distribution: Gentoo, RHEL, Fedora, Centos
Posts: 43,417

Rep: Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981Reputation: 1981
Well that's a reasonable rationale to want to do that, much more common is people wanting to use their dual boot windows system within a VM under linux too... that's real nasty. and all windows fault... for vnc i'd *probably* look towards the xorg-x11 vnc module to use the actual :0 X server, rather than a seperate vnc server... keep things more realistic.
 
Old 12-17-2007, 03:12 PM   #5
joshfoulk
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 27

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I have installed XEN on Ubuntu (Now wishing that I had stayed with openSUSE 10.3)... I do not see any native GUI for XEN in Ubuntu.

After a quick search on the net, I see that the XEN Virtual Machine Manager is a Fedora project.

Could you assist with the command line xen syntax for setting up a virtual machine that will boot from a physical partition?

Thank you,

JF
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: SaaS Rapid Release Cycles Drive Virtualization Demand - No Surprise LinuxWorld Launches New Virtualization Track LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 07-16-2007 07:32 PM
F7 KVM Virtualization Crito Fedora 2 06-05-2007 08:58 AM
LXer: Virtualization: the best get better LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 05-07-2006 10:21 AM
LXer: Virtualization LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 12-21-2005 04:01 AM
Application virtualization pisanlov General 1 11-04-2005 10:58 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:47 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration