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I want to install Xen on my PC, but I don't know where to start.

Basic usages:

  • Install two OSs (Linux, Ubuntu or Fedora), one for Database server, one for HTTP server (PHP).
  • Install one Windows 7 for Windows programs.

But my problem is I don't know which Linux distribution to use as my host OS. Which Linux is best suited for Xen? I googled it and I think OpenSuse is more friendly with Xen. And do I have to compile the Kernel?


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There is an awesome tutorial for everything xen at The guys that wrote it run a vps service using fully open source xen. They use centOS for the tutorial dom0 because of its stable development path and its compatibility with xen.

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Do you have a direct link to the tutorial? The link above goes to an overview of Xen, which is chapter 1 of the book it's from. – pthesis Jun 9 '11 at 22:57
@pthesis... it is chapter 1 of 15, don't be afraid to read a little. Click on the link for "next chapter" at the bottom of the page to see other more "hands-on" chapters. is the link to the wiki home page with links to the book buried further in. I don't know about a "direct link". – Hari Seldon Jun 10 '11 at 2:36 is the contents page. – Paul S Dec 15 '11 at 14:04

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