- 1 Virtualization
- 1.1 Enterprise Management Tools List
- 1.2 Fedora Virtualization List
- 1.3 Libvirt List
- 1.4 Fedora-Xen List
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization technologies on the @et-mgmnt-tools-list, @fedora-xen-list, @libvirt-list and @ovirt-devel-list lists.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
Enterprise Management Tools List
This section contains the discussion happening on the et-mgmt-tools list
More Device Support in virt-manager 'Add Hardware' Wizard
Both these features were added to
. Serial ports can be directed to sockets listening on remote hosts. For example:
Xen, Windows, and ACPI
virt-install disables ACPI and APIC for Windows XP guests.
Adding, that it seems "that Windows XP is working fine with acpi/apic enabled which has
the immediate advantage that poweroff via ACPI works as expected.
So does it make sense to handle winxp the same win2k3?"
Pasi Kärkkäinen went to the xen-devel list and confirmed and relayed "Keir Fraser replied that ACPI with Windows has been working properly at least since Xen 3.1.0 days". Pasi then updated the Xen wiki page.
Fedora Virtualization List
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
New Mailing List and New Releases of libguestfs
The current release is now 1.0.57, but Richard is so fast that may change by the time you read this.
Recent new features:
virt-df- like 'df' for virtual machines
- New Perl library called Sys::Guestfs::Lib
- Now available for EPEL
- Tab completion in guestfish now completes files and devices
- Big change to the code generator
- Lots more regression tests
- guestfish commands: time, glob, more, less
- new commands: readdir, mknod*, umask, du, df*, head*, tail*, wc*, mkdtemp, scrub, sh, sh-lines.
- Debian native (debootstrap, debirf) support
Fedora Virt Status Update
Also mentioned were:
- Details of a fix for "a dramatic slowdown in virtio-blk performance in F-11 guests"
- Note on Xen Dom0 support.
- New wiki pages created.
- Detailed run-down of current virt bugs.
USB Passthrough to Virtual Machines
Unfortunately, those wishing to manage their iPhone in a guest (yours truly included), KVM does not yet support the required USB 2.
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-xen list.
Xen dom0 Forward Ported to Latest Kernel
Previously, Xen dom0 support in Fedora was provided by forward porting the Xensource patches from kernel 2.6.18 to the version found in the Fedora release at the time. This consumed developer resources and led to separate
packages for a time. As of
Fedora 9 this practice was deamed untenable, and support for hosting Xen guests was dropped from Fedora.
Work has since focused on creating a paravirt operations dom0 kernel based on the most recent upstream vanilla kernel. This work is incomplete and not expected to be done before F12 or even F13. However, experimental dom0 kernels have been created for the adventurous.
Pasi Kärkkäinen tells us the Xen 2.6.18 patches have now been forward-ported to the current 2.6.29 and 2.6.30 kernel. "Forward-porting has been done by Novell for OpenSUSE. Novell also has a forward-port to 2.6.27 for SLES11."
Pasi added "These patches are still more stable and mature than the pv_ops dom0 code.. Also, these patches have the full Xen feature set (pv_ops still lacks some features)."
More history is avilable.