The popular open-source virt-manager utility for managing virtual machines (commonly Linux KVM instances) now has a user-interface for finally dealing with VM snapshots.
QEMU 1.6.0 has been released and with this open-source processor emulator commonly used with Linux KVM are a whole lot of new features and capabilities.
Last week the experimental Virgil project was unveiled as a way of exposing 3D/OpenGL guest acceleration support to KVM/QEMU virtualization users and with the drawing calls then being passed onto the host for processing by the GPU. Here's some more details.
The Xen Project, now under the stewardship of the Linux Foundation, has released the feature-bearing Xen 4.3.
Citrix has announced this week that XenServer 6.2 is now fully open-source software.
In continuation of my earlier Research Underway With QEMU 3D Support posting, Red Hat is indeed internally working on getting 3D-accelerated support up and running for virtual machines under QEMU.
Just three months after the exciting QEMU 1.4 release, QEMU 1.5 is now available with many exciting and new features for those using this open-source software in a virtualized world. There's the VFIO VGA pass-through support, USB 3.0 improvements, and much more.
After KVM virtualization was brought to ARM last year with the ARM Cortex-A15 SoCs supporting hardware virtualization, support for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine for 64-bit ARM (AArch64) SoCs is being prepared.
From the OpenStack event taking place this week, Red Hat has announced RDO, which will serve as a new community-supported OpenStack distribution.
While KVM is generally the de facto open-source Linux virtualization method, the Linux Foundation has announced today it will be backing the Xen virtualization project in the form of hosting it as a new collaborative project.
After a QXL KMS DRM driver was finally published for improving the desktop virtualization experience with Red Hat's Linux virtualization stack in conjunction with SPICE on QEMU, a Gallium3D wrapper driver is now being talked about.
Microsoft continues publishing new Linux kernel patches for improving support of its Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor for Linux guests.
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) updates for Linux 3.9 are now known.
It was only in early December that QEMU 1.3 was released with a variety of improvements and now this weekend QEMU 1.4 is out. QEMU 1.4 packs in a number of exciting features for those using QEMU in conjunction with various virtualization platforms.
Microsoft's Linux kernel contributions continue... This time around they have published a synthetic frame-buffer driver.
There's a lot of virtualization improvements coming to Xen 4.3 that will be released in the months ahead while when it comes to the Xen work directly within the Linux kernel, there's good stuff happening for Linux 3.9.
Xen 4.3 is expected to be released in June of this year. While the developers working on this virtualization platform are only half-way through its development cycle, they already have an impressive number of features that are coming into this next open-source release.
Red Hat may finally get to developing a KMS/DRM driver for QXL/SPICE to be used in conjunction with QXL for virtualization. This is a stepping-stone to eventually supporting SPICE 3D for allowing Red Hat virtual machines to tap hardware graphics acceleration support.
One of the major limitations of QEMU/KVM when it comes to Linux desktop virtualization is that it hasn't provided any form of support for graphics acceleration -- either by passing OpenGL calls onto the host for execution by the host's driver and graphics hardware or allowing guest VMs to tap directly the graphics card. Support for the latter feature continues to be developed and is close to becoming a working reality.
Xen Orchestra is an open-source project that gives a web-interface to the Xen virtualization platform via XCP and its API (XAPI).
VMware is still trying to push VMCI (the Virtual Machine Communication Interface) and VSOCK (VMCI Sockets) into the mainline Linux kernel. Fortunately, it looks like this virtualization code from the proprietary software vendor will make it into the Linux 3.9 kernel.
It's been two months since the last update to Oracle's cross-platform VirtualBox software but yesterday evening a new point release was made available that has a plethora of fixes and other minor improvements.
Here's a report on the state of KVM Nested Virtualization for Linux in dealing with multiple layers of virtualization.
QEMU 1.3.0 was released on Monday afternoon and supports a large number of new features for this open-source package that's common to the Linux virtualization stack.
Released on Monday was the "RC0" development version of QEMU 1.3 for the open-source processor emulator commonly used with the Linux KVM virtualization stack.
While there's usually always something to talk about with each new kernel release for the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau DRM/KMS drivers, that isn't always the case for VMware's "vmwgfx" virtual GPU driver. This driver for exposing 3D acceleration to guest virtual machines on VMware's virtualization products does work quite well already, but the open-source developers have been recently working on a few improvements.
Within the forthcoming Linux 3.7 kernel there is support for Xen virtualization support on ARM when using a Cortex-A15 SoC. While not yet merged to mainline, KVM virtualization support for the ARM architecture is also coming about.
VMware developers continue to work on mainlining more of their Linux kernel code to support their virtualization platform in the name of improving the "out of the box" experience for Linux VM guests. The latest work has been on pushing forward VMCI and VSOCK for the mainline Linux kernel.
Xen virtualization support for the ARM architecture is now set to be pulled for the Linux 3.7 kernel.
The OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud computing platform has now released version 2012.2 Folsom.
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