Taking SPICE for a Spin

Posted by dowdle on Nov 18, 2010 11:09 PM EDT
MontanaLinux.org; By Scott Dowdle
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What is SPICE? It stands for "Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments". What does that mean exactly? SPICE is a remote display protocol designed specifically for use with the Linux kernel's built in virtualization hypervisor KVM. SPICE is similar to terminal services but rather than multiple users sharing a single, remote physical machine, SPICE allows you to graphically connect to and use a local or a remote KVM virtual machine. I got SPICE going on a Fedora 14 host machine with a Fedora 14 KVM virtual machine. I made a 13 minute video showing SPICE in action with common apps and multimedia.

All I can say is that so far my experience with SPICE has been amazing. While SPICE doesn't offer 100% of the speed of a local, physical machine, it is the closest of anything I've used thus far. I did not tailor the test environment down at all... still using background images and all of the tool tips and popups offered in KDE 4 and GNOME... again at 1680x1050 widescreen resolution.

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