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Fedora has been leading the pack of Linux distributions with the introduction of new virtualization features for many years now. This page provides a history of noteworthy milestones in Fedora's virtualization support.
 
Fedora has been leading the pack of Linux distributions with the introduction of new virtualization features for many years now. This page provides a history of noteworthy milestones in Fedora's virtualization support.
  
== Fedora Core 4: Glimpse of the future ==
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== Fedora 17 ==
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* [[Features/oVirt |oVirt]]
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* [[Features/OpenNebula |OpenNebula]]
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== Fedora 16 ==
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* [[OpenStack |OpenStack]]
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== Fedora 13 ==
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=== Feature List ===
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=== Other Notable Points ===
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* Due to be released on April 27, 2010.
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== Fedora 12: The Dirty Dozen ==
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=== Feature list ===
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* [[Features/KSM|Kernel SamePage Merging (KSM)]]
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* [[Features/KVM Huge Page Backed Memory|KVM Huge Page Backed Memory]]
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* [[Features/KVM NIC Hotplug|KVM NIC Hotplug]]
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* [[Features/KVM qcow2 Performance|KVM qcow2 Performance]]
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* [[Features/KVM Stable Guest ABI|KVM Stable Guest ABI]]
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* [[Features/libguestfs|libguestfs]]
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* [[Features/Network Interface Management|Virtual Network Interface Management]]
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* [[Features/SR-IOV|Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)]]
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* [[Features/VirtPrivileges|Virt Privileges]]
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* [[Features/VirtgPXE|VirtgPXE]]
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* [[Features/VirtStorageManagement|Virt Storage Management]]
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* [[Features/VirtTCK|libvirt TCK]]
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=== Other notable points ===
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* Released on November 17, 2009.
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* [[Virtualization_improvements_in_Fedora_12|Interview]] with various members of the team.
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* [[File:F12VirtFeat.pdf]] - an article on virtualization features in Fedora 12 in the [http://www.linuxforu.com/ Linux For You] Magazine.
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== Fedora 11: The walled garden ==
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=== Feature list ===
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* [[Features/KVM_PCI_Device_Assignment | PCI device assignment for KVM]]
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* [[Features/KVM_and_QEMU_merge | Merged QEMU and KVM RPMs]]
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* [[Features/SVirt_Mandatory_Access_Control | sVirt confinement of virtual machines]]
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* [[Features/VirtImprovedConsole | Improved VNC console handling]]
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* [[Features/VirtVNCAuth | SASL authentication for VNC]]
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=== Other notable points ===
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* Released on June 9, 2009.
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* [http://jaboutboul.blogspot.com/2009/05/fedora-11-virtualization-reality.html Interview] with Dan Berrange on Fedora 11 Virtualization.
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== Fedora 10: Management at a distance ==
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=== Feature list ===
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* [[Features/ApplianceTools | Virtual appliance building tools]]
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* [[Features/VirtRemoteInstall | Remote deployment of virtualized guests]]
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* [[Features/VirtStorage | Storage management in virtualization tools]]
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=== Other notable points ===
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* Released on November 25, 2008.
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== Fedora 9: Farewell to old friends ==
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=== Feature list ===
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* [[Features/XenFullvirtKernelBoot | Xen fullyvirt direct kernel boot]]
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* [[Features/VirtAuthentication | SASL authentication support]]
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* [[Features/VirtPolicyKit | PolicyKit authentication support]]
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* [[Features/XenPvops | Xen pv_ops DomU]]
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=== Other notable points ===
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* Released on May 13, 2008.
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* Xen Dom0 support dropped, until Xen Dom0 pv-ops work is accepted by upstream kernel community
  
* A preview of Xen (2.x) virtualization as a set of add-on packages, released post-release.
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== Fedora 8: Protection from the bad guys ==
  
== Fedora Core 5: The future is now ==
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=== Feature list ===
  
* First release to include Xen 3.0 virtualization for host and guest, as officially supported package.
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* [[Releases/FeatureVirtSecurity | Virtualization security]]
* Installs of paravirtualized guests, with a text mode installer
 
* Early version of libvirt for managing Xen guests
 
  
== Fedora Core 6: Virtualization gets serious ==
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=== Other notable points ===
  
* Expanded Xen support including fully virtualized guests.
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* Released on November 8, 2007.
* Graphical framebuffer for paravirtualized guests
 
* Graphical installs of para & fully virtualized guests.
 
* Expanded libvirt APIs to allow monitoring of performance
 
* Debut of virt-manager tool for managing Xen guests locally with embedded graphical console
 
* The foundation of Xen support in RHEL-5
 
  
 
== Fedora 7: The new kid on the block ==
 
== Fedora 7: The new kid on the block ==
  
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=== Feature list ===
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* [[Releases/FeatureKVM | KVM support]]
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=== Other notable points ===
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* Released on May 31, 2007.
 
* Continued support for Xen
 
* Continued support for Xen
 
* The introduction of KVM to native kernels for fullyvirtualized guests.  
 
* The introduction of KVM to native kernels for fullyvirtualized guests.  
 
* libvirt gains a new hypervisor driver for managing QEMU and KVM guests.
 
* libvirt gains a new hypervisor driver for managing QEMU and KVM guests.
* libvirt introduces 'virtual networking' capability providing 'out of the box' NAT based network connectivity for guests which plays nicely with NetworkManager.  
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* libvirt introduces 'virtual networking' capability providing 'out of the box' NAT based network connectivity for guests which plays nicely with NetworkManager.
  
== Fedora 8: ==
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== Fedora Core 6: Virtualization grows up ==
  
== Fedora 9: ==
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* Released on October 24, 2006.
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* Expanded Xen support including fully virtualized guests.
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* Graphical framebuffer for paravirtualized guests
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* Graphical installs of para & fully virtualized guests.
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* Expanded libvirt APIs to allow monitoring of performance
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* Debut of virt-manager tool for managing Xen guests locally with embedded graphical console
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* The foundation of Xen support in RHEL-5
  
== Fedora 10: ==
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== Fedora Core 5: The future is now ==
  
== Fedora 11: ==
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* Released on March 20, 2006.
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* First release to include Xen 3.0 virtualization for host and guest, as officially supported package.
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* Installs of paravirtualized guests, with a text mode installer
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* Early version of libvirt for managing Xen guests
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== Fedora Core 4: Glimpse of the future ==
  
== Fedora 12: ==
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* Released on June 13, 2005.
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* A preview of Xen (2.x) virtualization as a set of add-on packages, released post-release.

Latest revision as of 17:39, 8 December 2011

History of Virtualization in Fedora

Fedora has been leading the pack of Linux distributions with the introduction of new virtualization features for many years now. This page provides a history of noteworthy milestones in Fedora's virtualization support.

Fedora 17

Fedora 16

Fedora 13

Feature List

Other Notable Points

  • Due to be released on April 27, 2010.

Fedora 12: The Dirty Dozen

Feature list

Other notable points

Fedora 11: The walled garden

Feature list

Other notable points

  • Released on June 9, 2009.
  • Interview with Dan Berrange on Fedora 11 Virtualization.

Fedora 10: Management at a distance

Feature list

Other notable points

  • Released on November 25, 2008.

Fedora 9: Farewell to old friends

Feature list

Other notable points

  • Released on May 13, 2008.
  • Xen Dom0 support dropped, until Xen Dom0 pv-ops work is accepted by upstream kernel community

Fedora 8: Protection from the bad guys

Feature list

Other notable points

  • Released on November 8, 2007.

Fedora 7: The new kid on the block

Feature list

Other notable points

  • Released on May 31, 2007.
  • Continued support for Xen
  • The introduction of KVM to native kernels for fullyvirtualized guests.
  • libvirt gains a new hypervisor driver for managing QEMU and KVM guests.
  • libvirt introduces 'virtual networking' capability providing 'out of the box' NAT based network connectivity for guests which plays nicely with NetworkManager.

Fedora Core 6: Virtualization grows up

  • Released on October 24, 2006.
  • Expanded Xen support including fully virtualized guests.
  • Graphical framebuffer for paravirtualized guests
  • Graphical installs of para & fully virtualized guests.
  • Expanded libvirt APIs to allow monitoring of performance
  • Debut of virt-manager tool for managing Xen guests locally with embedded graphical console
  • The foundation of Xen support in RHEL-5

Fedora Core 5: The future is now

  • Released on March 20, 2006.
  • First release to include Xen 3.0 virtualization for host and guest, as officially supported package.
  • Installs of paravirtualized guests, with a text mode installer
  • Early version of libvirt for managing Xen guests

Fedora Core 4: Glimpse of the future

  • Released on June 13, 2005.
  • A preview of Xen (2.x) virtualization as a set of add-on packages, released post-release.