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September 21, 2005

Portable What?

There's been a lot of talk about Portable Virtual Machines lately. Namely Portable CE 2.0 [furrygoat.com] and The Portable Virtual Privacy Machine [metropipe.net]. These are great concepts, in fact, I've been trying to find a light-weight way of performing a similar architecture for a while. My requirements go beyond the use of these platforms however. For example, for both you need a portable drive, something writable that can hold at least 128MB. This works for most people, but I can't bring these kind of devices into work with me. Problem 2 is that they are very slow! Portable CE is the worst. Understandably because they are emulating an entire platform, while the PVPM (qemu-based) is quicker because I think they virtualize the CPU.

My idea is closer to the Portable CE implementation, but more. It has to be quicker, lighter and able to be extended to a hardware solution. As alway, I'll promise more for later.

Posted by Guy at September 21, 2005 8:01 PM