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Re: VMware Has Debt to Free Software

On Aug 8, 12:19 am, Linonut <lino...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> * Roy Schestowitz peremptorily fired off this memo:

> >| The Linux Foundation announced that VMware has become a member of the
> >| Foundation. The company joins existing Linux Foundation members and
> >| technology leaders such as Adobe, AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, HP,
> >| IBM, Intel, Motorola, NEC, Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, among others.
> >http://www.ebizq.net/news/10045.html
> Lots of Linux koolaid drinkers there!

Perhaps that's because in this case, all they are getting is a sweet
tasting fruit-flavored drink that quenches the thirst, and it's cheap.

Unlike the Kool-aid served by Jim Jones when he was killing his
followers, there is no cyanide in the kool-aid, and there are no
"drills" where you don't know whether you might be drinking the poison
stuff or not.  Jones had "loyalty drills" where the followers didn't
know what was in the kool-aid.  Sometimes it was epicac, sometimes it
was nothing, and each time they were told that it as poison.

The Linux kool-aid is just the nice fruit flavored drink, with your
choice of sweeteners, including nutrasweet, splenda, sweet-n-low, or
sugar, and at about 1/5th the price of soda-pop, with no caffeine.

We also have Linux Iced-tea. :-D

> > The VMware house of cards

> > ,----[ Quote ]
> >| Looking at an ESX server, you?ll find what looks like a Linux OS. This isn?t
> >| a secret -- VMware call this the ?console OS?.
> > `----
That's a pretty well published bit of information.  VMWare found that
a very "thin" Linux, using the kernel, core libraries, drivers, a
command line interface and a remote "command server" were the best way
to keep the VMWare memory and CPU foot as small as possible, giving
more of the power to the clients.

IBM discovered this many years ago with VM, OS/400 and got REALLY
light with the Z/OS ZVM.  Gradually, over the years, IBM made the VM
manager smaller and lighter, more like a micro-kernel, and made the
interfaces to the VM simpler and simpler, moving more and more drivers
and interprocess communications to message queues or pipelines rather
than specialized drivers.

The bottom line is it has been working very well for servers.  VMWare
has enhanced versions that can provide automated fail-over and load-
balancing of virtual machines across an array of machines based on
factors such as load and scheduling as well as failure detection.

> >http://www.venturecake.com/the-vmware-house-of-cards/

> Hmmmmm.
> >http://www.illuminata.com/perspectives/?p=347
> --
> Stealing a rhinoceros should not be attempted lightly.

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