JP Vossen on 10 Nov 2008 13:05:50 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] VM offerings and USB support

 > Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 06:13:59 -0500
 > From: "Art Alexion" <>
 > I have been happy using kvm/qemu to run TurboTax in a winXP vm.  I
 > want to create an iTunes appliance to manage my iTouch which is not
 > handled by gtkpod, etc.  iTunes 8, which is needed, does not run under
 > wine or crossover.

Related, IIRC iTunes > 7.something(?) will not even install on W2K, it 
requires XP or "better," so watch out for that with older VMs/machines.

I'd be interested in seeing a preso on Linux/Ubuntu virtualization 
solutions for both Linux and Windows (TurboTax/IE only, etc. stuff), 
including: VMWare, Virtual Box, kvm/qemu, _____, _____, etc...

I'm becoming less and less happy with VMware (as you'll see), but 
VirtualBox hasn't thrilled me yet either.

 > Has anyone had any luck creating a working iTunes appliance?  Which vm
 > product best supports a USB port, kvm, virtualbox, vmware, parallels,
 > etc.?

I can tell you that it will *not* work under VMware server 1.0, which 
only supports up to USB 1.1, and specifically does not support USB 2.0.

USB 2.0 is supposed to work under VMware Server 2.0 (2.0.0-122956 was 
released 10/29/08).  But I can't even get a login screen in the "new" 
and utterly loathsome web GUI (what moron thought THAT was a Good 
Idea?!?).  Since they will eventually phase out the Server 1.x line, 
which is crippled by lack of USB 2.0 support, this does not bode well.

JP Vossen, CISSP            |:::======|        jp{at}jpsdomain{dot}org
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"Microsoft Tax" = the additional hardware & yearly fees for the add-on
software required to protect Windows from its own poorly designed and
implemented self, while the overhead incidentally flattens Moore's Law.
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