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Kernel-side support for Xen PVH is landing with the Linux 3.14 kernel. The para-virtualized hardware extension support takes advantage of modern Intel and AMD CPUs.
22 January 2014 - Xen PVH - 1 Comment
ReactOS, the open-source operating system that aims for Windows API compatibility with the Windows NT kernel and aims for binary compatibility with Windows drivers and programs, is now hoping to develop a commercial cloud distribution. While ReactOS hasn't gained much adoption and is still trailing in their Windows support, they are now looking to make Throium Core, an open-source Windows compatible operating system for the cloud.
22 January 2014 - ReactOS Thorium Core Cloud - 22 Comments
Earlier this week I shared VMware might have a big GPU driver update for the Linux 3.14 kernel and now in time they have successfully delivered. This new "vmwgfx" virtual GPU driver adapts to their new virtual GPU (SVGA2) hardware revision.
17 January 2014 - VMware Graphics
Thomas Hellstrom of VMware sent in their first pull request today of "vmwgfx" driver changes for the Linux 3.14 kernel, but it looks like the best is yet to come.
13 January 2014 - Device Update - 1 Comment
Xen 4.4 is scheduled to be released one month from now and when the release happens of the popular industry-backed open-source virtualization hypervisor there will be a good deal of new features.
22 December 2013 - Xen 4.4
Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk at Oracle has re-posted the Xen PVH patches for the Linux kernel as he seeks to get support for para-virtualized hardware extensions into the Linux kernel.
13 December 2013 - Xen Para-Virtualized Hardware Extensions - 1 Comment
As expected, the stable release of QEMU 1.7.0 has met the world.
28 November 2013 - QEMU 1.7.0
Yesterday I wrote about features coming to QEMU 1.7 for improving Linux virtualization and cloud computing. That release will happen any moment now (it was tagged this afternoon in Git), but now QEMU 2.0 is entering the developers' sight.
27 November 2013 - QEMU 2.0
QEMU 1.7.0-rc2 was released yesterday and if all goes according to plan the official QEMU 1.7 release will happen on Wednesday. This next QEMU emulator update that's also relied upon by Linux KVM will bring some exciting improvements.
26 November 2013 - QEMU 1.7.0 - 4 Comments
oVirt 3.3 was released in September to better compete with VMware's vSphere in the space of virtualization management. The open-source KVM virtualization management application has now been updated to version 3.3.1 and it is a feature release.
25 November 2013 - Virtualization Excitement
Siemens announced to the world this morning Jailhouse, a Linux-based partitioning hypervisor. Jailhouse is a lighter weight alternative to KVM but still in early development stages.
19 November 2013 - Jailhouse Linux Hypervisor - 6 Comments
VMware's "vmwgfx" virtual GPU graphics driver has received support for PRIME buffer sharing -- the underlying Linux feature that has allowed Optimus-like features.
14 November 2013 - VMWgfx PRIME - 2 Comments
Debian with its current kernel now provides support for Xen PVHVM guests "out of the box" and this can mean an easy performance win over a classic Xen PV (para-virtualized) setup.
12 November 2013 - Xen PVHVM
Besides virtual GPU drivers like the proprietary components within VMware and VirtualBox virtualization stacks and the under-development Virgil3D for QEMU, another option for those seeking 3D/GPU hardware acceleration support within VM guests is VGA pass-through.
10 November 2013 - VGA pass-through - 6 Comments
Announced last month was a new work-in-progress DRM/KMS driver implementing support for the virtual VGA cards using the Bochs DISPI interface, namely for the QEMU standard VGA output used commonly in Linux desktop virtualization setups.
6 November 2013 - QEMU
Oracle announced this morning the release of their VirtualBox 4.3 cross-platform virtualization software.
15 October 2013 - VirtualBox 4.3 - 4 Comments
After showing improved performance with the new VMware Fusio 6, are there any upgrades in moving virtual machines from Ubuntu 13.04 to the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 13.10?
26 September 2013 - Ubuntu VM Benchmarks - 2 Comments
The third beta release of the upcoming VirtualBox 4.3 major update is now available.
20 September 2013 - VirtualBox 4.3 Beta 3 - 2 Comments
OVirt 3.3 was released today as an open-source KVM virtualization management application targeting data centers as an open-source alternative to VMware's proprietary vSphere product. The oVirt 3.3 release pulls in many new features.
16 September 2013 - oVirt 3.3 - 4 Comments
Are you curious about the performance of the recent release of VMware Fusion 6.0? Here's some early tests though more are on the way.
16 September 2013 - VMware Fusion 6.0.0 - 4 Comments
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