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From: "M. Edward (Ed) Borasky" <znmeb@...>
Subject: Re: VMware Workstation 6.0?
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 06:56:29 -0800
Neil Bothwick wrote:
> On Tue, 06 Feb 2007 21:15:07 -0800, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
>> I am considering buying a Linux host license of VMware Workstation 6.0 
>> when it is released. However, VMware explicitly does not support Gentoo 
>> hosts. I noticed that 5.5 is in Portage:
> Supported in this context mean they will help you if you have problems
> related to your host OS. I've run VMware Workstation from 3.0 to 6.0beta
> on Gentoo. 6.0 is the first version to provide a 64 bit version and runs
> better on my amd64 system than previous versions.
> I've currently switched back to 5.5 because I don't know what the upgrade
> price is and I won't want to be forced into it because I have created too
> many 6.0 VMs: so I converted them back to V5 format and am awaiting an
> announcement of the release and prices.
"Unsupported" in this context means "I'm paying the same price for my 
license as somebody who buys a Workstation license for a Windows or RHEL 
host and I expect that VMware will give me the same level of support". I 
know 5.5 "works on Gentoo" and I'm pretty sure 6.0 will too. All I'm 
saying is that Gentoo is providing some level of support by putting 
ebuilds in Portage for something with no support from the vendor.

I downloaded the Beta and tried it. I had some problems getting it to 
work. I think someone on the forum helped me get going and I was able to 
get it to run, although it was so slow it was unusable once I did get it 
running. But just yesterday I got an email from their support folks with 
the standard "We don't support what you're trying to do. A list of 
supported hosts can be found ..." disclaimer. All I'm saying is that 
they don't "support" us -- why should we "support" them by distributing 
their package and even supplying patches so that it works on Gentoo?

I think I had this discussion a while back, and the upshot was that a 
number of the Gentoo developers used VMware Workstation themselves, so 
they made it work, and as long as VMware didn't forbid them from 
distributing it, they didn't see anything wrong with distributing it. 
Gentoo developer resources are finite, though, and if you've got the 
right hardware in place, Xen beats the doodoo out of VMware for quite a 
few "interesting" tasks like running a Windows guest. Gentoo developer 
resources being finite ... :)

M. Edward (Ed) Borasky, FBG, AB, PTA, PGS, MS, MNLP, NST, ACMC(P)

If God had meant for carrots to be eaten cooked, He would have given rabbits fire.

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Re: VMware Workstation 6.0?
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-- M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
Re: VMware Workstation 6.0?
-- Neil Bothwick
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