Hypervisor battle glowing red hot

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| Last week's moves, observers say, expose a strategy against VMware to
| commoditize hypervisor technology and then win the hearts of corporate users
| by providing choices for management and other tools to administer what
| experts say is a coming explosion in virtualization on corporate networks.


So, a /proportion/ of desktop use is replaced by devices (Linux) /and/
visualisation changes everything on servers /and/ desktops (also Linux).
That'll give Microsoft so toppling in years to come.


Phoenix HyperSpace: Quick-Boot Your Laptop

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| Phoenix Technologies' new HyperSpace is an instant-on environment for
| laptops, letting users launch a browser or other apps with booting into the
| OS. *
| Today, Phoenix Technologies introduced a firmware product called HyperSpace,
| which allows PCs to run a number of applications separate from the operating
| system. What that means is that if you use a PC equipped with HyperSpace, you
| will be able to quick-boot your notebook into a secure Linux environment,
| where you can use Web browsers like FireFox and pre-loaded Web-aware apps
| like Google Earth, Picasa, and the like. * *
| [...]
| Also, since HyperSpace is a Linux-based platform, Windows viruses won't
| affect it.


Dell Creating Consumer PCs Complete with Virtualization

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| And in a similar fashion to what Parallels and VMware Fusion did for the
| Intel-based Mac community, this could give the Linux operating system a boost
| from consumers who want to use the open source software but don't want to
| lose out on what Microsoft's Windows platforms offer.


Dell to stuff hypervisors in flash memory

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| Dell CTO Kevin Kettler today confirmed these plans during a speech here at
| LinuxWorld, saying the company expects to see major performance and
| power-saving improvements by dumping a hypervisor in flash. Customers will
| basically "boot to a virtual machine-ready" state, he said.


Microsoft nonchalant about Phoenix assault on Windows

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| BIOS maker Phoenix Technologies Ltd.'s plans to market a new application
| platform the company claims will solve a number of problems endemic to
| Microsoft's Windows platform might be taken as a provocative gesture at their
| longtime partner. But Redmond's immediate reaction was nonchalant.
| On Monday, the Milpitas, Calif. software maker announced Hyperspace, a
| Linux-based virtualization platform that will let OEMs bundle cut-down
| versions of popular open-source software that end users will be able to
| access instantly, even without booting Windows.