Kevin Kettler, Dell's Chief Technology Officer, said in a keynote presentation at LinuxWorld in Boston that Virtualization technology will enable the creation of dedicated environments for desktop computers that can be adjusted to optimize characteristics such as security or gaming.
Virtual systems on a desktop system could allow a browser to run in a dedicated environment that can be killed entirely if it became infected by a virus.
The user experience would be the same as if they had only closed the browser, but under the hood the underlying operating system would be terminated as well.
"If you have virus problems or spam problems, it would be great to just step back and say: 'I'm having trouble with my machine. Let me just kill this secure browser,'" Kettler told delegates.