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 Core 4: Glimpse of the future
- A preview of Xen (2.x) virtualization as a set of add-on packages, released post-release.
Fedora Core 5: The future is now
- 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 6: Virtualization gets serious
- 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 7: The new kid on the block
Other notable points
- 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 9: Farewell to old friends
- Xen Dom0 support dropped, until Xen Dom0 pv-ops work is accepted by upstream kernel community