Re: KVM Hypervisor

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Christopher A. Williams wrote:
On Sun, 2008-07-20 at 08:15 -0400, Alex Katebi wrote:
Hi All,

  I can not find laptop or desktop hardware that supports KVM
Virtualization (Intel-VT or AMD-V).
I like Dell laptops but there is no information regarding hardware
assisted virtualization (Hypervisor).
Can I get some recommendation?
Actually this isn't as hard as it sounds if you're looking to buy a
*new* laptop. Pretty much anything out there today supports Intel VT /
AMD-V now. The main thing you'll need to make sure of is that you have
enabled this in the BIOS. There are quite a few systems that still ship
with this feature disabled for some reason.
Actually, Intel only enables it on the high-end Core2 chips, so you need to get
a chip that's at least somewhat high-end, or at least that was high-end when
first introduced on the market. Dell clearly identifies these with 'VT' in the
processor description. You do *not* need V-pro support. That's just for a
BIOS-based hypervisor that Intel offers for management, mostly for corporate
desktops.
AMD isn't so cryptic about it. Any current-generation Athlon64 X2 will have
hardware virtualization support, as far as I'm aware.
As to Dell laptops, I like the Latitude series myself. They're well
supported by F9 generally speaking. Have a closer look at the Latitude
D830 or the XPS M1530.

While you're at it, be sure to check out the other brands as well.
HP/Compaq has some nice things to offer - I'm running F9 on an 8510w
now, and while they are still a bit "controversial" in terms of openly
supporting Linux, IBM/Lenovo is catching up somewhat (but I think they
still tend to be a bit pricey for what you get - just my opinion
though).

Cheers,

Chris


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