xenopeek wrote: powerhouse wrote:
For more than a year the "HOW-TO make dual-boot obsolete using XEN VGA passthrough" - which is all about virtualization - has been the most popular thread in the "Tutorials" section - see viewtopic.php?f=42&t=112013
. In fact, by now it has become the number 1 tutorial in terms of views.
You alerted me to this fact, that the view count was rising by tens of thousands per week. Investigation is underway but initial conclusion is that somebody is running a script to artificial increase the view count on that tutorial. Not representative by any margin of general interest of Linux Mint users in virtualization.
We may reconsider if we see more topics/questions about virtualization. Most (of the few) questions we've seen about virtualization relate to VirtualBox and are well at home in Installation & Boot or Software sections of the forum.
Is your current intent for the virtualization forum to ask questions yourself, or to answer questions from others, or to have one place for all tutorials and howtos about virtualization? In the latter case, you may consider the Community site's tutorial section: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/welcome
. Tags can be used on tutorials there and several tutorials with the "virtualization" tag can be found.
1. The view count has stopped rising by the tens of thousands a day. In any case, even before the sudden rise it was in the high fifties (57,000 or so), not bad for any topic. I agree that someone must have written a script to artificially raise the count. It wasn't me and I don't need that "publicity", in fact I was and am quite disturbed about that.
2. It's a chicken and egg situation: In the beginning I tried to post virtualization related questions (mainly Xen) on the forum but I can't remember getting any answers back. So I looked at other forums such as Ubuntu, Fedora, ArchLinux, even overclock.net, tomshardware, etc. They all have virtualization sections. The few virtualization related questions and answers on the Linux Mint forum are usually related to VirtualBox.
3. My intent for a virtualization forum is first and foremost to promote Linux, in particular Linux Mint as the host for virtual machines. Linux Mint is a user friendly distribution, particularly to Linux newcomers, so I think it's a good platform for getting the ordinary folks more into virtualization. My personal favorite is running Windows and Windows applications on Linux without performance penalty. The Linux environment currently offers at least 2 tools for that: Xen and KVM. Both are relatively little known, compared to VMvare or the popular VirtualBox.
Until recently very few people were even aware that they can run Windows on top of Linux with full graphics performance using a dedicated graphics card. Over in the gaming chat section there isn't even a mention of that, though it seems easier to run a Xen hypervisor and install the Windows games in a Windows VM (I tried some Wine stuff today, just to get a feeling for it).
Many people will have to stick with Windows just because some of their favorite or indispensable apps aren't available in Linux. This happened to me and I was dual booting for perhaps 15 years. Today I click an icon to boot my Windows VM and switch between Linux and Windows with a button.
Not everbody is prepared to let go of Windows, and those who decide to give Linux a try still need a solution for running Windows apps - virtualization can offer that solution. So I believe this is a pretty important matter and shouldn't be left to the sidelines.
Personally I don't care much about running a Linux VM on Windows - this may be an attractive solution to many, but not to me. Windows has too many weak points, in my opinion. Still, a virtualization forum should also be open to include questions on running Linux Mint on VMware, VirtualBox, HyperV (Windows), or whatever.
4. Regarding the virtualization forum, I intend to both answer questions (on Xen, for example), but also to learn from others. For example, I'm keen on learning more about KVM, as well as SPICE etc., even LC. Hope that answers your question.
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