Enterprise Linux Log

Apr 30 2007   9:21AM GMT

Latest stable Linux kernel loves virtualization


Internetnews.com is reporting on the Linux kernel this morning, and how the latest stable version is heavy into the virtualization technology.

Highlighting the Linux 2.6.21 update is the inclusion of the paravirt-ops paravirtualization interface, which enables multiple hypervisors to hook directly into Linux.

VMware, XenSource, IBM and Red Hat first launched the effort to provide expansive virtualization in paravirt-ops in August to make it easier for all virtualization vendors to work in Linux. VMware’s VMI (virtual machine interface) is also included in 2.6.21 taking advantage of paravirt-ops.

We usually leave the virtual news to our brothers and sisters in arms over at SearchServerVirtualization.com, but sometimes kernel news is just to tempting to pass up. Today’s news means that the kernel will now directly communicate with the hypervisor, thus streamlining the process. In the end, it will improve the adoption of hypervisors in the enterprises that love Linux. Which is a lot of them, by my last count.

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