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In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization technologies on the @fedora-virt and @libvirt-list lists.

Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley


Mel Chua recently interviewed[1] 3 Fedora virtualization luminaries: Richard Jones, David Lutterkort, and Mark McLoughlin. Topics included:

  • Richard Jones on guestfish and friends (libguestds and libvirt)
  • Mark McLoughlin on virtual upgrades to your virtual machine
  • David Lutterkort on "Network scripts: complex no more!"
  • How to try out virtualization
  • From etherboot to gPXE
  • qcow2: now with better performance!
  • Virtualization in Fedora: a historical retrospective
  • What's Next? Virtualization in F13 and beyond
  • When they're not hacking...

Fedora Virtualization List

This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.

Fedora Virtualization Status Report

The latest virt status report[1] from Mark McLoughlin details the status of the latest virtualization related bugs, and relayes behind the scenes drama of "a couple of fire-drills with last-minute serious blocker bugs" as Fedora 12 was about to go out the door.

Rawvirt Rawhide Virtualization for Fedora 12

Justin Forbes announced[1] "As was done for Fedora 11 users, the tradition continues, only the locations have changed.

We've set up a repository for people running Fedora 12 who would like to test the rawhide/F13 virt packages. To use it, do e.g."

  $> cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-virt-preview.repo << EOF
  name=Virtualization Rawhide for Fedora 12
  $> yum update

The Virtualization Preview Repository[2] is for people who would like to test the very latest virtualization related packages. This repository is intended primarily as an aid to testing / early experimentation. It is not intended for 'production' deployment.

Libvirt List

This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.

New Release libvirt 0.7.4

Daniel Veillard announced[1] a new Package-x-generic-16.pnglibvirt release, version 0.7.4. "The rate of changes doesn't seems to slow down, though this release is more about incremental improvements, bug fixes and cleanups than major new features"

New features:

  • Implement a node device backend using libudev (David Allan)[2]
  • New APIs for checking some object properties (Daniel P. Berrange)
  • Fully asynchronous monitor I/O processing (Daniel P. Berrange)
  • add MAC address based port filtering to qemu (Gerhard Stenzel)
  • Support for IPv6 / multiple addresses per interfaces (Laine Stump)


  • Far too many to list here.

Read the full list of changes in the release announcement.[3]