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[Xen-users] XEN windows xp guest as multimedia frontend for linux?

My main OS is gentoo linux on an amd64, recent vintage.  It does my the real
work.   I have occasionally used rdesktop and vmware workstation 5.0 in the
past to access boring old windows apps, such as MS office, when open office

Alas, sometimes, it would be nice if linux could do media processing better 
No, I do not want to reboot, but my vmware 5.0 was clearly not up to running
a logitech quickcam fusion for video phone calls, or a USB HDTV
adapter---these are mostly hardware devices without linux drivers or, shall
we say, well-working or userfriendly linux drivers.  Plus, there are some
unique windows apps, e.g. windows media player, itunes, powerDVD (>mplayer
or xine), or other media apps, windows/xp likes to eat memory and CPU real
fast.  My skype usb phone also has good windows drivers, but even though it
has linux kernel support, it has no user-friendly workable apps under linux. 
So, windoze it would have to be

I have not yet played with Xen to see if it can give me what linux cannot:
give me fast access to video/audio devices, often USB based.  Is this likely
to work well, or is this likely to be a colossal waste of time?

can the Xen hypervisor allow a windows/xp guest to talk to usb 2.0 devices
at near native speeds?

advice appreciated.


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