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Virtual Linux: Platform and OS Linux Virtualization

May 03, 2010, 18:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Tim Jones)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Virtual Linux is accomplished through many techniques, ranging from emulation to platform to OS virtualization. Indeed, Linux is a unique operating system in its breadth of virtualization solutions that are available. In this article, we'll explore the various ways that virtualization is achieved and then review the various solutions provided through virtual Linux.

"When we talk about virtualization solutions, we tend to talk about specific products offered by specific companies. But when we talk about virtualization solutions with Linux, we instead talk about a rich and diverse open source ecosystem.

"Linux supports a variety of virtualization platforms (covering the spectrum of techniques) as well as the elements that create a complete solution. In this article, we'll start with a short discussion of virtualization and then dig down into the rich set of virtualization techniques that you'll find with Linux.

"Short Introduction to Virtualization

"There are many types of virtualization, but in this article we'll focus primarily on what's known as hardware virtualization. This type of virtualization abstracts the software environment from the underlying hardware platform. We'll also explore operating system virtualization, which is another area where Linux shines."

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