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Virtualizing Windows XP with Xen and Fedora 5

I'd like to know if it would be possible to virtualize windows using Xen with FC5 being the host OS and if possible, how. I read from different sites that it was possible to have an unmodified guest OS with the help of Intel Vt-x and wondered how but I couldn't find a guide on it. Here are my system specs:

-Intel P4 3.0 GHz with Hyper-Threading technology
-512 MB Ram with 1 GB of swap ready if ever ;-)
-Dual Booting: FC5 and WinXP
Well, i think that should suffice for now, but if you guys need any other details then don't hesitate to ask.

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xDamoxCommented:
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NopiusCommented:
from that url: 'no you can't use windows as a guest OS.'
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rindiCommented:
Have a look at

http://vmware.com

or if you prefer an opensource solution look at bochs:

http://bochs.sourceforge.net/

I haven't used bochs myself yet but it can be a bit difficult to get going. Vmware isn't free but is easy to use and setup, and you can get a trial.
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NopiusCommented:
I've used bochs, forget about it it's VERY slow, not for real work (may be for testing some kernel drivers or something very special where 30minutes boot is OK).
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trigger-happyAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the late reply (bloody internet...). Anyway I've used bochs before and i don't really like the idea of a slow boot up ^-^;. I already know about vmware but i'd like to avoid commercial products as much as possible, hence the reason why i looked into xen. Unfortunately it seems that it is possible, but the public hasn't done it yet, just the developers of xen.

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NopiusCommented:
trigger-happy.
Few weeks ago just another linux based virtual machine appeared, not vmware or Xen. It's commertial and costs about $40.
You may download a trial version. This software is called 'Parallels': http://www.parallels.com/
I've tried that on Windows, it works. On Linux 2.6.15 it compiles but doesn't run due to incompatible kernel module format (from my experience). I didn't have much time to resolve that problem, but you may try it anyway.
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trigger-happyAuthor Commented:
I'll give it a try, but IMO after reading the description, it sounds like a rip off of xen since they mentioned the Intel VT tech that xen is suppose to have.

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trigger-happyAuthor Commented:
Well, i gave parallels a try and its pretty good, however i'm really more into an open source/free alternative. I guess if the public can't do it yet with xen then i won't bother with it for now. I'll keep looking around for info though, at least until all the search results i end up with have already been visited.

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trigger-happyAuthor Commented:
Well, I'll take it for now that virtualization of windows using xen in linux is currently impossible to public. I guess I'll just have to wait until its possible.

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