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Oracle® Solaris 11 System Virtualization Essentials, Second Edition by Bob Netherton, Gary Combs, Jeff Savit, Jeff Victor

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Foreword to the First Edition

I’m no longer sure when I first became hooked. Was it when I overheard a casual conversation about running a “test” copy of MVS in parallel with the real copy of MVS on a new 390 mainframe? Or was it the idea of Zarniwoop researching the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in an electronically synthesized copy of the entire universe he kept in his office? Whatever the cause, I’m still addicted to virtual machine technology.

Fooling a whole stack of software to run correctly on a software simulation of the platform it was designed to run on has been a recurring interest in my career. Poring through the history of VM/370 as a graduate student, absorbing James Gosling’s audacious idea of the Java VM, spending a few weeks ...

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