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GNOME Boxes Improves Virtualization, More Future Plans

Virtualization

Published on 20 March 2014 12:08 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
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One of the interesting but seldom talked about GNOME applications is GNOME Boxes for virtualization, but it did have an interesting 3.12 development cycle and there's more plans ahead for GNOME 3.14.

GNOME Boxes has been out for over two years but in a world where virt-manager already does a fantastic job for desktop-based, open-source, Linux virtualization management, the GNOME application doesn't seem to receive too much widespread attention for Linux desktop virtualization. Regardless, during the GNOME 3.12 development cycle the Boxes app received new features. In my personal use of GNOME Boxes, I found it very easy-to-use and that was its main benefit, while the rest of the time I am using virt-manager when not running VirtualBox or VMware's products.

GNOME Boxes 3.12 drops its use of Clutter in favor of just using the GTK+ tool-kit, supoports importing existing virtual machines from the system libvirt, and can now handle NAT networking support.

Some of the improvements planned for GNOME Boxes 3.14 include import/export support of VMs, express installation support for more operating systems and Linux distributions, supporting multiple monitors in VMs, snapshot support, and automatic downloading of ISOs and images.

Those interested in learning more about the latest work on GNOME Boxes can read this blog post by developer Zeeshan Ali Khattak.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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