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Licensing Gives Linux the Edge over Windows in the Virtualization Battle

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There’s been a lot of interesting product wars over the years: WordPerfect vs. Word, 1-2-3 vs. Excel, Harvard Presentation Manager vs. PowerPoint, Novell vs. Windows NT, Netscape vs. Internet Explorer, Palm OS vs. Windows Mobile, and the list goes on and on.

One of the current product battles taking shape is in server virtualization. And, like many past product confrontations, Microsoft’s Hyper-V is the late-to-the-game underdog. VMware’s ESX and Vmotion are the clear market and technology leaders right now. And, there are other viable virtualization hypervisor alternatives including Sun xVM, KVM, and Parallels Server.

However, it doesn’t matter how good the underlying hypervisor is if you don’t have any Guest OS to install on it because of licensing problems.

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