Virtualization – Fedora 11

May 8, 2009

Hello Folks!

Ok, so apparently, virtualization had a test day yesterday for Fedora 11. Good, and it’s change a lot I presume, so today, I’m having my own little test day!

As Fedora 10 is currently my primary OS, I have Fedora Rawhide installed on a secondary HDD, this is so I can test the new features of Fedora prior to it’s release, it helps me know what’s changing, when and how it will effect me.

One issue I will have is that VMware Workstation 6.5.2 does not work on Kernel 2.6.29. Which of course, Fedora 10 will also have soon, which is a pain in the butt. There are patches for it, but I do not want to have to patch it on each kernel update. I don’t mind building modules on each update, but patching them is something I don’t want to have to do.

Which brings me to virt-manager which is a built in virtual machine manager on Fedora. You may or may not know, I like to have virtual machines handy, it’s great when I do not have a spare machine to test things on, but when I won’t be able to use VMware properly, it’s really quite annoying. So this feature built into Fedora may, may, become my primary virtual machine manager, replacing VMware. That is, if it can stand up to my expectations and requirements.

I’ve previously tried VirtualBox, created by Sun, the “OSE” and the non-ose edition, I didn’t like it I’m afraid. And previously virt-manager has not done the job properly for me.

So, today I will be taking this thing for a test run, to see if it can really do what I want.

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