VmWare is not always the answer in the Virtualization domain !

April 6, 2009


User Mode Linux is another mean to run independent, safe and secure Virtual Linux distributions, versions and processes on your main Linux system.
Unfortunately, often unknown by System Administrators.

Ok, it use paravirtualized technique but if you are using Linux Virtual machines on Linux Physical Machine it is most of the time responding to your basic needs – e.g. web servers, and so on -.

You will be able to use it on Fedora 10 with the following package : uml_utilities.i386 0:20070815-5.fc10
Otherwise you can download it on the UML website

It contains uml_net, uml_mconsole, uml_switch, tunctl, and a number of other useful utilities in order to use the user-mode linux kernel.

You will find a great article at the following URL : http://www.redhat.com/magazine/001nov04/features/usermode/

Obviously, It exists also other techniques, methods in order to run VM – virtual machines – on Linux and VmWare is probably one of the most known.- Marketing have done its job, you see what I mean 😉 –

However, it is not always the right answer to your needs and requirements.
Here is a list of Open source Virtualized project as well as their associated types and licences:

Emulation type :
Bochs – Licence -> LGPL –
QEMU – Licence -> LGPL/GPL –

Paravirtualization type :
UML – Licence -> GPL –

Paravirtualization and Full virtualization type – with v-processors (Intel, Amd) – :
Xen – Licence -> GPL – (own by Citrix now)

Operating system-level virtualization type :
Linux-VServer – Licence -> GPL –
OpenVZ – Licence -> GPL –

Full Virtualization
KVM – Licence -> GPL (supported by Red Hat)
Virtualbox – Licence -> GPL

Proprietary Solution & Full Virtualization :
VmWare – Licence -> Proprietary Solution –

Now, it is up to you to choose the application which best fit your strategy, your requirements, your budgets and your needs.

BTW, Thanks to Eddy to have shown me what I did not see. 😉


5 Responses to “VmWare is not always the answer in the Virtualization domain !”

  1. ignacio said

    “VmWare – Licence -> GPL”

    Huh? Since when?

    • Frederic Hornain said

      Oops, bad cut and paste.
      I will not do it again. Promised !

      Thanks for you comment and your attention.

  2. pluvo said


    VirtualBox is nice, too! 😉

    mfg pluvo

  3. vincentvdk said

    I use OpenVZ for linux virtualzation, but i’m quite sure KVM is going to be big.

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