While KVM -- Kernel-based Virtual Machine -- will appear in the mainline Linux 2.6.20 kernel release, ending off the year yesterday was a new KVM release (Release 9). New in this KVM virtualization release is API documentation, more stabilization fixes, and interactivity improvements. More on KVM and this release can be found at SourceForge.
Xen version 3.0.3 has been released. Xen 3.0.3 implements a new CPU scheduler, support for dynamic-allocation and copy-on-write disks, enhanced support for IA64 systems, initial support for PowerPC, and more. The downloads and release announcement is available here.
Spending some time this afternoon with QEMU, which can be attained from the official Fedora 5 Extras repository, the experience was quite pleasant to say the least -- not having tried QEMU since its v0.7.2 release last year. QEMU is a open-source processor emulator that uses dynamic translation. Some of the items tried with QEMU on Fedora Core 5 was memtest86+ v1.65, SimplyMEPIS v6.0, GParted LiveCD v0.2.4-2, and Gentoo v2006.0 x86 LiveCD. With each of these environments, there were no major performance problems running it on a Pentium M laptop after some tweaking was done with the configuration. In the near future we may be looking at a performance examination for QEMU under various operating systems -- however, that article is still in the early planning stages.
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