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VMware's Linux 3D Guest Driver Is Ready

The xf86-video-vmware 12.0 driver was officially released yesterday, which now means all of the components needed for 3D Linux guest acceleration are now available and stable.
9 March 2012 - Officially Released - 33 Comments

VMware Virtual GPU Driver Gets Fake Page-Flipping

After thoroughly testing the VMware graphics driver stack yesterday and providing benchmarks, there's some new "vmwgfx" developments to report on.
11 February 2012 - vmwgfx

oVirt Manages Its First Release

oVirt, the open-source virtualization infrastructure and management platform, just had its first release.
10 February 2012 - oVirt

Talk Of A Brand New API For KVM Virtualization

A discussion has been started about a next-generation API for Linux KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) virtualization.
5 February 2012 - Next-Gen

VMware's New Graphics Architecture Is Shaping Up

VMware's overhauled Linux graphics driver stack is shaping up and coming together nicely in time for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which will allow for 2D/3D guest acceleration within virtualized guest machines.
14 January 2012 - vmwgfx - 4 Comments

VMware Merges "vmwgfx_branch" To Master

Here's a heck of a Christmas present if you happen to be a VMware customer and use their virtualization software with Linux guests where the desktop experience is important: vmwgfx_branch has finally been merged to master! This merge touches over 16,000 lines of code in their X.Org graphics driver.
21 December 2011 - HELL YES! - 12 Comments

A Second Release Of GNOME Boxes Is Boxed Up

A second development release of GNOME Boxes is now available. GNOME Boxes is an in-development virtual machine management application.
21 December 2011 - Virtualization - 1 Comment

QEMU 1.0 Officially Released With Many Features

Just as expected, QEMU 1.0 was officially released this week. QEMU 1.0 offers up some new features in the virtualization world.
2 December 2011 - New Version - 5 Comments

The Cause Of The Xen Linux Performance Issues

Recently I published some controversial benchmark results of the Xen performance on the Linux 3.0 kernel compared to bare-metal and KVM virtualization along with noting awkward Linux power management when using Xen. The results were valid and have now been confirmed by Xen developers and they have narrowed down the cause of the serious performance issues.
1 December 2011 - ACPI - 2 Comments

Xen Virtualization Comes To ARM Cortex A15

Citrix has brought the Xen hypervsior to the ARM Cortex A15, which uses the ARMv7 virtualization extensions.
30 November 2011 - Supported

Kernel Mode-Setting Driver Comes To VirtualBox

It looks like an upcoming advancement to Oracle VM VirtualBox is support for a kernel mode-setting (KMS) driver.
26 November 2011 - KMS Support - 2 Comments

QEMU 1.0 Is Coming Quite Soon

Version 1.0 of QEMU will be released next month in time for the holidays with several interesting advancements. QEMU is the popular open-source machine emulator and virtualizer that also plays a role in the Linux KVM virtualization stack.
14 November 2011 - New Release - 6 Comments

KVM 2011 Forum Presentations Now Online

For those interested in Linux KVM virtualization, Red Hat has published the videos from this year's KVM Forum conference.
18 October 2011 - KVM Forum - 2 Comments

QEMU 0.15 Brings Several New Features

Replacing QEMU 0.14, which was released back in February, is now QEMU 0.15. This new major update to this open-source processor emulator that's commonly used with KVM (the Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine) delivers on several prominent features.
11 August 2011 - Virtualization - 16 Comments

VirtualBox 4.1 Goes Gold

Less than a month after beta releases began, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 has been officially been released. This is a major update to Oracle's virtualization platform they received from the 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
20 July 2011 - Now Available - 3 Comments

VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 3 Has More Fixes

The German developers at Oracle (formerly Sun, after they acquired innotek GmbH) appear to be aimed at quickly getting out VirtualBox 4.1 out the door as soon as possible, or perhaps they are just in a rush to get to the biergarten in the nice summer weather currently across southern Germany (that'd be my excuse). Regardless, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 3 was released this afternoon, just days after releasing VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 2 with PCI pass-through support. That was just four days after their first beta, which presented various new features to the cross-platform Oracle virtualization world.
14 July 2011 - Oracle VM VirtualBox - 1 Comment

New VirtualBox Beta Has PCI Pass-Through Support

Just a week after Oracle released VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 1, the second beta for this forthcoming feature release of the former Sun virtualization stack is now available. The VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 2 release has various bug-fixes since the first beta, but for Linux hosts it also introduces PCI pass-through support.
8 July 2011 - VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 2 - 20 Comments

QED: A New, High Performance QEMU Disk Format

Linux-KVM mentions QED, the new QEMU Enhanced Disk format. This new disk format for QEMU/KVM is designed to be much faster than QCOW2 and other existing disk formats available to virtualization users.
6 July 2011 - New In QEMU Land - 5 Comments

VirtualBox 4.1 Is Coming; Beta 1 w/ New Features

VirtualBox 4.0 was released last December and with nearly seven months passing since any major update or roadmap for a new major feature release, I had been wondering what were Oracle's future plans for this virtualization platform they received from Sun Microsystems as part of their acquisition. Fortunately, Oracle today announced the first beta of VM VirtualBox 4.1. The VirtualBox 4.1 release does deliver several new features, but nothing too ground-breaking in the heated virtualization world.
30 June 2011 - About Time - 9 Comments

Linux 3.1 Kernel Looking To Bring New KVM Option

Back in April I reported on a lightweight QEMU-free Linux KVM host tool. This written-from-scratch solution is designed to just boot guest Linux images with the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) while being just a few thousand lines of code. A second version of the Native Linux KVM Tool has been released and it's being targeted for inclusion into the Linux 3.1 kernel.
16 June 2011 - QEMU-Free - 1 Comment

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