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

Ohad Lutzky ohad at lutzky.net
Mon Jan 11 18:25:11 MSK 2010

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM, Eli Billauer <eli at billauer.co.il> wrote:

> Shachar Raindel wrote:
> >
> > A. VMware workstation used to be a GUI only program, but it is getting
> > much better scripting abilities lately, and it supports roll-backs
> > much better than how QEMU supports them (same back-end functionality,
> > much easier to use GUI). Their USB support used to be very unstable
> > about 2 years ago, but it is much better now.
> >
> I don't know about VMware workstation, since I run VMPlayer. Right now I
> wonder if there's a nice way to tell a running vmplayer instance to shut
> down gracefully (something you'd like to do a minute before shutting
> down the whole system during an UPS situation).

Check the vmrun command. I use this at work for a similar purpose.

> D. Your comparison is very task oriented - you are looking for a free
> > solution to migrate your old computers, and are willing to spend
> > considerable amount of time on that.
> Yes, indeed. This is all about my own situation, as I said from the
> beginning. Even so, I think you can learn more from someone who tried to
> do something specific for a real-life purpose.
> And yes, I'm ready to spend a lot of time on a free solution (even as in
> beer), even though some $200 are worth spending on that. I have a few
> problems with a paid-for solution:
> (1) The piracy watchguard tends to kill the software sooner or later
> (what if someone wants to install XP on year 2020?)
> (2) Users of "supported software" are commonly forced upgrades (and I
> hate playing with a working system)
> (3) VMWare's site gives me the feeling that they are the kind of guys to
> drive you to a nasty point, and then ask for enterprise-scale kind of
> money to get out of it. That's why I began with asking if VMPlayer is a
> honey trap.

This has not been the case in my work. We still use VMWare Workstation 5.5
in various applications.

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