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Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player

From: Oliver Gerlich
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 01:38:16 +0200
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Johannes Schindelin schrieb:
> Hi,
> On Fri, 16 Jun 2006, Oliver Gerlich wrote:
>>Johannes Schindelin schrieb:
>>>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".
> Thanks. But I would like to know if there is a developer who has 
> experience with the GUI. It is one thing to see the GUI, another to work 
> with it.
>>>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 would go the easy way: just before starting QEmu, hide the Tk window... 
> no need for embedding.
> Yes, I know this is a lame answer. But I am quite certain that most users 
> would be happy about it. They do not *need* to do something fancy. They 
> run the virtual machine, shut it down, and that's it.

Heh :) that's what the current Qemu GUIs do already (many of which are
mainly configuration GUIs). Thinking about it, at this point maybe an
"official" configuration file format would be useful for all frontends
and would really help unifying the GUIs (there has been a lot of talk
about this already anyway).

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