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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

Feature list

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 8:

Feature list

Other notable points

Fedora 9: Farewell to old friends

Feature list

Other notable points

  • Xen Dom0 support dropped, until Xen Dom0 pv-ops work is accepted by upstream kernel community

Fedora 10:

Feature list

Other notable points

Fedora 11:

Fedora 12: