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Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player

From: Joe Lee
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 13:42:37 -0400
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Thanks for the comments below, It seems that QEMU can easily be used to run images. I will start to look into the availabe GUI front-ends for QEMU.
- joe

Jan Marten Simons wrote:
Am Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2006 18:21 schrieb Daniel P. Berrange:
An VMWare player "appliance" is really just a disk image & config file.
Running a disk image in QEMU is just a matter of executing

   qemu -hda /path/to/image

Perhaps adding "-m XXX" to set increased  RAM.

This is no harder to do than using VMWare player

  vmplayer  /path/to/appliance

Since QEMU already understands VMWare disk images, there's even a good
chance that QEMU can run a VMWare "appliance" image itself. So it looks
to me that QEMU is already on a par with VMWare player in terms of being
able to quickly & simply test 'appliance' images.


To add to this and my previous mail, I'd like to point to ReactOS, which is distributed in various forms for simple testing, including a version bundled with qemu: http://www.reactos.org/xhtml/en/download.html

With regards,

PS: As qemu is really small compared to VMware Player, it poses only very little overhead to bundle it with the image (one could even hack some sort of selfextracting executable qemu+imagefile)

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