Mac + Solaris (in a vm)= Cool
By teich on Feb 15, 2007
Lucky for me, I was given the choice between a PC and Mac laptop when I came back to Sun. With the recent Mac VMware beta available, I decided for the first time in my life to take the plunge with a mac.
Why VMware vs. Parallels? Primarily because over the past few years, I've managed to build up 10 or so VMware disk images that I've found useful. As with so much software, it all comes down to the API: in this case the disk format is my API, and their lock-in. Just today I downloaded a VERY interesting piece of software today - Nexenta. Nexenta take the Solaris kernel with the Gnu userspace from Ubuntu to give a REALLY usable solaris desktop environment. And I downloaded it as a nice vmx disk image. No install, no configure. Unzip and away I went.
As Steve points out today, virtualization is just a killer app on the desktop. Frankly I'm waiting for the day when my bios is the hypervisor, and I have a totally transportable disk image for ANY computer that I can use. Put that on a USB key, and who cares about what exact laptop you're running anymore?
Let me just close with one other AMAZINGLY cool feature. The latest VMware X.org server allows you to resize your VM window on the fly. Hit cmd-enter, and you have a full screen Solaris running with NO sign of the underlying OS. Switching between 1400x900 LCD, 1600x1200 desk or 1024x768 presentation? Instantaneous and seamless. Even in Solaris.