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Xen and KVM Discussion from Ian Pratt

I read a blog posting on the web today at zdnet with comments from Ian about Xen and KVM. I don’t normally post any type of “political” thoughts on this blog but I thought Ian’s comments are worth reading for the community. You can read the article at http://blogs.zdnet.com/virtualization/?p=415.

I think the title of the article is a bit overstated but is the usual media looking for a controversy.


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  1. deshantm says

    The part that I was wondering about is about Xen not going into mainline LInux. Is that part dated information? Or has there been new developments that will not let Xen support go into mainline? Is it just referring to the hypervisor? domU and dom0 support are still in the works?

  2. Stephen Spector says

    Xen itself (the hypervisor) is not going to get merged into Linux. That’s pretty obvious anyway, and that is what is being said in the article. Guest support is included in recent 2.6 Linux kernels. That is, support for those Linux kernels to run as a paravirtualised guest on the Xen hypervisor.

  3. deshantm says

    OK good. that’s what I thought it meant.

    Also, don’t forget that that the pv_ops dom0 support is coming soon too.

    Some good follow up discussion can be found at these links:

    http://www.virtualization.info/2008/05/xen-will-never-be-part-of-linux.html
    http://blog.codemonkey.ws/2008/05/truth-about-kvm-and-xen.html

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