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Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player

From: Oliver Gerlich
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 00:29:58 +0200
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Johannes Schindelin schrieb:
> Hi,
> On Thu, 15 Jun 2006, Joe Lee wrote:
>>BTW, I am curious to know how much would it cost to develop a good 
>>GUI-Frontend for QEMU that would be comparable to VMware. How much man 
>>hours would this likely take?
> I do not know VMware. Anybody? I would be interested, too, to know how 
> complicated that frontend is...

There are some screenshots of "VMware Workstation" at
http://www.vmware.com (see Products menu). Didn't find screenshots of
"VMware Player" there, but Google image search shows a few for "VMplayer".

> Should not be too difficult to reproduce
> it in Tcl/Tk (with a proper Tcl script as config format).

If you are familiar with Tcl/Tk, maybe you could give some hints on how
to embed the Qemu window into such an app?

I think there are only two ways for making a GUI:
- - embed the Qemu SDL window into another application (there seem to be
various hacks that do this under X11; not sure about Win32)
- - replace Qemu's SDL part with some GUI toolkit (GTK, Tcl/Tk...)

I guess the second way is quite a lot of work.
The first way is a bit "hackish", as eg. events have to propagated from
the GUI app to the Qemu window... how would this work with Tcl/Tk?

Probably with the second way it would also be difficult to display
real-time status info in the GUI (eg. guest CPU load, guest HDD
accesses, network accesses).

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