/ BLOG / Reviewing 'Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization'

I tend to buy geek and nerd related books for two main reasons: 1, because I don’t like taking my laptop to the bog and reading, and 2, because there’s nothing really like a book. There are a few others, which orientate around being able to read a book away from the computer or laptop, relaxing on the sofa, or in the garden, but they aren’t as important to me - but mostly only because I do my best thinking in the bathroom.

Anyway. ‘Running Xen’ was on the few books I had delivered a few days ago. To clarify this is a book on running Xen, the open source hypervisor. Like all books I was hoping for something that delivered a little bit more than the man pages and online docs. Sadly this wasn’t really the case.

Now I’m not saying that ‘Running Xen’ is a bad book. It’s not. It’s just missing that “something more”, that “je ne sais quoi” (I cannot believe I’ve just typed that and not removed it). If you’re going to somewhere without man pages or online docs, then it’s an invaluable reference.

Worth £21 (it’s current cost on Amazon)? Without reading more books on Xen, I honestly don’t know, but despite feeling as I do, I am glad that I’ve got it.

Mostly because I’ve had some awesome ideas, whilst on the bog with it.