Now, do I want to run Xen? Hmm… I’m using it to host morch.com itself, and I think its great.
Compared to VMware workstation, which is my other favorite, I love that it is open source, and I love that it is detachable. That is, I can start it and don’t have any GUI artifacts hanging around. What I do with VMware workstation is start it under a VNC server, so I don’t have to worry about the GUI, but this isn’t about VMware but about Xen. [I've since learned that this isn't true about VMware workstation - it has become detachable]
But to really get it working, I ran into these problems too:
- no xm console prompt after debootstrap debian or ubuntu (Only for Debian domU-s though)
- And the problem in the howto that
file:should have been
- Xen linux error message: PCI-DMA: Out of SW-IOMMU space. Here I added
swiotlb=128to the xenkopt line in my /boot/grub.menu.list.
- Nvidia graphics drivers don’t work in Xen kernels. (No workaround – live with it)
Other than that, I think my Xen on Ubuntu is running fine.
Now, the way I work is that I’d like to have some virtual machines running all the time, and some for debugging and short term trials. For the former, I’d like to use Xen, but for the latter, I’d like to use VMware workstation (especially because it has multilevel snapshots, and LVM which Xen uses for snapshots, doesn’t support a snapshot of a snapshot.)
So, now, I guess, I have to ask: How much do I really want to run VMware Workstation? Am I prepared to give that up to run Xen instead?
I wish I could have run VMware under a Xen dom0 and use Nvidia graphics drivers! VMware workstation for now…