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 PostPost subject: Virtualization OS        Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:08 am 
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Just a question. I heard there was an OS being created for the soul purpose of running other OS's on top. For example you turn your computer on and windows and Linux both boot at once pressing a shortcut key can switch between the two.

Is this correct? I couldn't find any information about it. Probably not.


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I've not heard of this, but it is something I've wondered very much about.

The way I had envisioned it would be that it would be a hardware technology (an extension of virtualisation technology?) probably replacing the BIOS that would allow two separate operating systems to run side by side on the same machine.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Virtualization OS        Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:33 pm 
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Yeah I have always thought about that myself. There isn't really anything limiting this. Maybe just no-one's thought of it.

Maybe if a bios chip was big enough we could install virtualbox onto the linuxbios. Who knows.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Virtualization OS        Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:45 pm 
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Hang on, didn't there used to be something like this years ago. I can't remember the name of it now, it may come back to me, in about 2 weeks, at 4 in the morning.

Edit: I remember, HyperOS.

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HyperOs 10PCs-In-1 clones and runs several copies of 2K or XP or XP64 or Vista32 or Vista64 or Server 2008, all on the same drive letter, all in the same partition. Again you swap from one to the other with a double click. This is multi Windows computing without having to repartition your disk.


http://www.hyperossystems.co.uk/

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A bit of the same:

Microsoft Hyper V 2008
VMWare ESX Server

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"Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta" (the new version of Microsoft Hyper-V Server OS) was just released a day or two ago and is pretty much exactly what you described - a command prompt with Virtualisation managing tools and nothing else. Close to Server 2008 Core in that sense, only with even more removed (2K8 Core could, for example, run most messenger apps if you pushed it - the GUI-related parts are pretty much entirely gone from H-V Server OS though so no luck now) and x64 only.

To be honest though, there isn't *that* much of a benefit for most people over running regular 2K8 with H-V, since both VMware and VPC support hardware virtualisation now.

Edit: I could swear I linked to it earlier, doh.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... layLang=en
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I suppose I could see the point of having an OS for the sole purpose of virtualization if you're a developer of if it can be used over a network. But it doesn't seem ideal to use this as a main setup. I wouldn't dream of running a virtualized OS all the time. Too much of a speed penalty for things like playing games and such.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Virtualization OS        Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:01 am 
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Was just wondering does Hyper V run the virtual OS's on the real machine hardware or does it just use virtual hardwre like VMware etc


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 PostPost subject: Re: Virtualization OS        Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:26 am 
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I suppose I could see the point of having an OS for the sole purpose of virtualization if you're a developer of if it can be used over a network. But it doesn't seem ideal to use this as a main setup. I wouldn't dream of running a virtualized OS all the time. Too much of a speed penalty for things like playing games and such.


your correct about speed but its the perfect setup for surfing the net, surf the net with a vm of linux and you windows should stay healthy for longer.

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Hang on, didn't there used to be something like this years ago. I can't remember the name of it now, it may come back to me, in about 2 weeks, at 4 in the morning.

Edit: I remember, HyperOS.

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HyperOs 10PCs-In-1 clones and runs several copies of 2K or XP or XP64 or Vista32 or Vista64 or Server 2008, all on the same drive letter, all in the same partition. Again you swap from one to the other with a double click. This is multi Windows computing without having to repartition your disk.


http://www.hyperossystems.co.uk/


I actually have ISOs of HyperOS 2002,2003 and 2004 but this may be considered warez. However I know that the company does not sell 2002/2003 any more so maybe it is abandoneware. 2004 i believe is warez.

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