[Haifux] QEMU/KVM vs. VMWare: The beauty and the beast

Oron Peled oron at actcom.co.il
Mon Jan 11 00:47:12 MSK 2010

On Sunday, 10 בJanuary 2010 21:06:01 Eli Billauer wrote:
> Which makes me wonder: Is VMWare a honey trap, or is it currently the
> preferred choice?

It looks like there are solutions for converting VMWare disk images to
KVM (Qemu) disk images. Few (untested) links:
 1. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/examine-vmware-esx-with-libguestfs/
    [but this is for ESX, so may be irrelevant to you]
 2. http://kevinverma.blogspot.com/2007/11/convert-vmware-images-for-qemu-
    [a comment suggests that convertion isn't needed anymore]
 3. http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=223522

If you can test it briefly and see that it work, than at least you are
not trapped. You may start using VMWare today and wait until missing
features are added to KVM. At least the DISPLAY part should move quickly
since Red Hat has significant investment in this:


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