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[Xen-devel] Using XEN on a desktop

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  • From: "Scheer, Roque" <roque.scheer@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 17:27:55 -0300
  • Cc: "ROQUE SCHEER (Scheer, Roque)" <roque.scheer@xxxxxx>
  • Delivery-date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 21:31:56 +0100
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  • Thread-topic: Using XEN on a desktop


We are using XEN 1.2 on desktops. We would like to have the regular user
run in a domain with full access to the hardware devices like sound
card, video, usb. The other domains, hidden from the user, only need to
have access to CPU, memory, storage and occasionaly network.

This way we would somehow mimic what VMWare enables you to do on a
desktop, where the regular user uses the OS that has access to all the
special devices, while the guest OSs in the VM get emulated ones (or do
not access these devices at all).

How easy is it to enable one of the domains to have direct and exclusive
access to these devices? Will there be better support for these in
future versions (like doing that by configuration instead of

- Roque

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