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Dual OSes Headed to Smartphones Via Virtualization

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Dec 7, 2009, 4:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A company called VMware is working on technology that would allow a smartphone to run two different operating systems concurrently. Such a device would not allow dual-boot (the ability to start one OS or the other), but to actually allow users to actively switch between one active OS or the other based on what applications they'd like to be using. Right now, VMware is targeting Windows Mobile, Android and mobile Linux as possible dual OS combinations. Part of the impetus behind the idea is to allow individuals have what is in effect a separate device for their work life and another for their home life — only there'd be only one piece of hardware fulfilling both needs.

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Dec 7, 2009, 8:16 AM

Sounds great in theory

What processor would be that powerful and what phone has that much memory?

I just don't see this working has a success, but more of a horror story. 😕
Don't be so optimistic with the new era of computing going to cloud, it would probably be more beneficial to have a pxe device (just putting theory out there) that gives you two or more options for an OS. Therefore eliminating the large amount of mem...
I've used vmware on servers for years. More or less it runs linux, then allows you to run environments as emulator "windows". (Pardon the pun). I've had six or seven servers running on what used to run on one. Granted servers are not as abused as ...
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