Having run up against the restrictions in the free version of ESXi, and the pending removal of paravirtualization support (I like that my VMs boot in about 2 seconds), I'm considering starting up a side project to search for a future replacement for ESXi.
On the candidate list is Citrix's free XenServer and Xen's Xen Cloud Platform. Having previously run the build-your-own-Xen-kernel gauntlet and being reluctant to go through it again, this is probably going to be the entire range of choices. If anyone knows of other choices, other than KVM, VirtualBox, and VMware's lesser offerings, please yell out.
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