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[Xen-users] Using Xen to virtualize a single desktop

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  • From: mario piccinelli <mario.piccinelli@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:56:34 +0200
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Hello everybody

I'm approaching Xen for the first time, and I'm looking forward to see if it 
can solve a problem I'm working on.. To make it simple, I'm trying to build a 
single machine whose user is presented with a graphical Linux installation, but 
the user system has in fact to be a virtual machine, with the hypervisor 
running on the same hardware.

So I need:
- a Xen hypervisor with a Domain0 text-only (no X running, it must be as 
lightweight as possible)..
- a DomainU with a graphical environment, full screen, possibly starting at 

The problem which I couldn't find a solution for in the knowledge base is: can 
I use SDL or something to show on the screen the X desktop of domain U, without 
using any graphical software on the Domain 0 (which should be text only and 
possibly hidden from the user)? Otherwise, I read something about hiding the 
graphical device from Domain0 and giving it to DomainU.. but again I couldn't 
find any help or howto...

Could someone please give me some help or point me to a place where I could 
find anything else?

Thanks everybody in advance!

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