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* I work on the [[FWN | Fedora Weekly News]] [[FWN/Beats/Virtualization | Virtualization Beat]] since August '08.
* I work on the [[FWN | Fedora Weekly News]] [[FWN/Beats/Virtualization | Virtualization Beat]] since August '08.
* Past FWN Virtualization Beats:
* Past FWN Virtualization Beats:
[[FWN/Issue186#Virtualization | 186]],
[[FWN/Issue185#Virtualization | 185]],
[[FWN/Issue184#Virtualization | 184]],
[[FWN/Issue184#Virtualization | 184]],

Revision as of 23:13, 2 August 2009

Dale Bewley

DaleBewley FirstnameLastname-head.png I'm vegan and I mountain bike a lot.


Activities within Fedora

Wiki Work

Virtualization Quick Start

Docs Virtualization Beat

FWN Virtualization Beat

186, 185, 184, 183, 182, 181, 180, 179, 178, 177, 176, 175, 174, 173, 172 171, 170, 169, 168, 167, 166, 165, 164, 163 162, 161, 160, 159, 158, 157, 156, 155, 154, 153, 152, 151, 150, 149, 148, 147, 146, 145, 144, 143, 142, 141, 140, 139, 138, 137

Notes To Self

Previous Fedora Virtualization Release Notes

F11, F10, F9, F8

Release Notes Howto

Virtualization Release Notes F12

For the moment, I have copied the F11 Virtualization Release Notes for use in construction the F12 notes.



  • VirtioSerial Adds a virtio-serial device to guests running on top of qemu and kvm - accepted
  • Shared Network Interface - pending
  • Hostinfo Allow a virtual machine to see information and statistics from the host operating system - pending
  • VirtgPXE Replace the deprecated etherboot pxe booting infrastructure with the more modern and currently upstream supported gpxe. - accepted
  • Xen to KVM migration Provide nearly effortless automatic translation of Xen virtual machines to KVM virtual machines. - pending
  • libguestfs Libguestfs is a library for accessing and modifying virtual machine disk images. guestfish is an interactive shell tool for editing virtual machine disk images - pending
Technically, this actually launched in F11, but not as a "Feature"
  • SR-IOV Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) is a PCI feature which allows virtual functions (VF) to be created that share the resources of a physical function (PF). - pending
  • KVM Huge Page Backed Memory - Enable KVM guests to use huge page backed memory in order to reduce memory consumption and improve performance by reducing CPU cache pressure. - pending
  • KVM qcow2 Performance - Improve the I/O performance of virtual machines using disk images in the qcow2 image format. - pending
2009-07-28 	 Feature Freeze--Planning & Development Ends
2009-08-18 	 Alpha Release



Technically, made it into F11, but...


Virtualization Release Notes F11

For the moment, I have copied the F10 Virtualization Release Notes for use in construction the F11 notes.

Preliminary Schedule:

  • Prepare Alpha Release Notes (1 page) Mon 2009-02-02 Tue 2009-02-03
  • Post Final Alpha Release Notes Tue 2009-02-03 Tue 2009-02-03
  • Prepare Beta Release Notes (1 page) Mon 2009-03-23 Mon 2009-03-23
  • Post Beta Release Notes One-Page Mon 2009-03-23 Mon 2009-03-23





Versions also see Virtualization_bugs (script to make table)

Virtualization Package Versions
Package f10 Release f10 Updates (20090516) f11 Release f11 Updates (20090516) Rawhide (20090516) Rel Notes
Package-x-generic-16.pngkvm 74-5.fc10 74-10.fc10 n/a n/a n/a
Package-x-generic-16.pnglibvirt 0.4.6-3.fc10 0.5.1-2.fc10 0.6.2-8.fc11 0.6.2-8.fc11 0.6.2-8.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pnglibguestfs n/a n/a n/a 1.0.21-3.fc11 n/a
Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-virtinst 0.400.0-4.fc10 0.400.0-5.fc10 0.400.3-8.fc11 0.400.3-8.fc11 0.400.3-8.fc11 download.html
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-df 2.1.4-2.fc10 2.1.5-1.fc10 2.1.5-1.fc11 2.1.5-1.fc11 2.1.5-1.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-manager 0.6.0-3.fc10 0.6.0-5.fc10 0.7.0-4.fc11 0.7.0-4.fc11 0.7.0-4.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-mem 0.2.9-6.fc10 0.2.9-6.fc10 0.3.1-6.fc11 0.3.1-6.fc11 0.3.1-6.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-top 1.0.3-2.fc10 1.0.3-2.fc10 1.0.3-4.fc11 1.0.3-4.fc11 1.0.3-4.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-viewer 0.0.3-3.fc10 0.0.3-3.fc10 0.0.3-4.fc11 0.0.3-4.fc11 0.0.3-4.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngqemu 0.9.1-10.fc10 0.9.1-12.fc10 0.10-16.fc11 0.10-16.fc11 0.10-16.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngxen 3.3.0-1.fc10 3.3.0-1.fc10 3.3.1-11.fc11 3.3.1-11.fc11 3.3.1-11.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngxenner 0.46-3.fc10 0.46-3.fc10 0.46-6.fc11 0.46-6.fc11 0.46-6.fc11
Package-x-generic-16.pngxenwatch 0.5.3-1.fc10 0.5.4-1.fc10 0.5.4-2.fc11 0.5.4-2.fc11 0.5.4-2.fc11

Virtualization Release Notes F10

Notes on Virtualization features for F10 used to create the F10 releases notes.

  • Need to be done by Wed 2008-10-08 Schedule



Versions also see Virtualization_bugs

Virtualization Package Versions
Package F9 Release F9 Updates (20081110) F10 Release Upstream (20081110) Rel Notes
Package-x-generic-16.pngkvm 65-1 65-10 74-5 78
Package-x-generic-16.pnglibvirt 0.4.2-1 0.4.6-2 0.4.6-3 0.4.6
Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-virtinst 0.300.3-5 0.300.3-7 0.400.0-4 0.400.0
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-df n/a 2.1.1-8 2.1.4-2 2.1.4
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-manager 0.5.4-3 0.5.4-4 0.6.0-3 0.6.0
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-mem n/a n/a 0.2.9-6 0.3.1
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-top 1.0.1-4 1.0.3-2 1.0.3
Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-viewer 0.0.3-1 n/a 0.0.3-3 0.0.3
Package-x-generic-16.pngxen 3.2.0-10 3.2.0-15 3.3.0-1 3.3.0
Package-x-generic-16.pngxenner 0.29-2 0.41-1 0.46-3 0.46
Package-x-generic-16.pngxenwatch n/a 0.5.3-1 0.5.3-1 0.5.3

Post Release Quirks



Installing F10 DomU on F8 Dom0

On a F8 dom0. Installing F9 domU pulls kernel from releases/9/Fedora/x86_64/os/images/xen/vmlinuz this does not exist on F10 and thus creation fails. The version of Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-virtinst on F8 does not know the kernel path changed. Try this test version and give it some positive karma if it works for you.

Windows KVM Guest and Paravirt NIC Drivers

As seen in FWN#152. The Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-manager GUI doesn't have the knobs in the UI yet to enable virtio drivers. THe Package-x-generic-16.pnglibvirt framework underneath does support it, so it can be done by hand. Here's how.

  • Download the drivers to guest and extract on desktop.
  • Shutdown the guest virsh shutdown winxp
  • Dump the libvirt XML virsh dumpxml winxp > winxp-before.xml, and change the network settings. To the <interface> block add <model type='virtio'/> like this:
[root@seitan virt]# diff -u winxp-before.xml winxp-after.xml 
--- winxp-before.xml	2008-12-01 17:37:39.000000000 -0800
+++ winxp-after.xml	2008-12-01 17:39:21.000000000 -0800
@@ -26,6 +26,7 @@
     <interface type='network'>
+      <model type='virtio'/>
       <mac address='54:52:00:03:09:01'/>
       <source network='default'/>
       <target dev='vnet0'/>
  • Redefine the domain with the altered config: virsh define winxp-after.xml
  • Start the guest virsh start winxp, and install the drivers within Windows when the new hardware detection wizard pops up.

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