Posted Jul 23, 2011 13:31 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Fine-grain virtualization
Parent article: Signs of life from GNU Hurd
Each Hurd subsystem is virtualized, meaning that as long as you implement the subsystem's interface, you can replace the default subsystem instance.
This is the sales pitch I've first hard about 20 years ago - before I've heard about Linux, in fact.
Compare this with running a complete GNU/Linux system in QEMU/KVM with its own file system image, etc.
Huh? You mean HURD does not need it's own "QEMU/KVM with its own file system image, etc"? News to me. Last time I've checked the only way to use it was to run it in QEMU/KVM because support for contemporary hardware was nonexistent and support for real world programs was abysmal.
Conversely, sharing among full-blown GNU/Linux VMs is much harder.
Sure, but sharing between Linux/MacOS/Windows and HURD is even harder - and this is the only actually available mode today.
If you want to push anything to someone other then "developers who want to dig deeper into system development" you must have:
1. Decent hardware support (including 3D, plug-and-play and all that), or
2. Some unique server software which does not have analogues under Linux.
1 is hard requirement for desktop, 2 is hard requirement for server (a lot of hostings nowadays use KVM anyway so hardware support is not as important but since you need to pay for the privilege each month... you need some substantial benefits to even contemplate the switch).
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