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Old 11th August, 2007, 07:18 PM
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Big deal.

Virtualization and hypervisors are good things for operations that can take advantage of the hardware capabilities to consolidate their server farms, but the operating system is 'just going to go away'?

This guy is smoking crack.

First he says that we aren't going to need operating systems, then he talks about using a customized Linux. Uh, isn't Linux an OS?

Anyway, his central point is that vendors will be able to ship an integrated application and operating environment that is customized for the application, and the customer will be able to run that on a server in a virtualized session. Guess what?

I can do that TODAY! Microsoft ships Windows Embedded, which I can strip down and customize to work as and how I want it. There are numerous Linux distros out there that you can do the same thing with.

The problem is that when you customize the OS like that, you take ownership of it. Any problems that you encounter, whether they are because of your customized configuration or not, are yours to deal with; if you want the support of the original OS vendor, prepare to fork over some cash for help. That's why very very few organizations do it.
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