Ubuntu To Adopt KVM As Primary Virtualization Platform

Ubuntu is the first Linux distribution to choose KVM over Xen as it’s virtualization solution.

In an interview from UbuntuWeekly with Soren Hansen, the 26-year-old who works for Canonical as virtualization specialist on the Ubuntu server team, said:

“We’ve chosen to settle on KVM as our main virtualization focus. KVM is a special version of QEMU which utilizes the new virtualization extensions that both Intel and AMD have added to their newest CPU models.”

The Ubuntu team is integrating libvirt, virsh and virt-manager as a graphical frontend in their upcoming edition.

Ubuntu is quickly becoming the leading Desktop distribution , so choosing for KVM as their virtualization platform makes a lot of sense. Traditionally, Xen has been the server virtualization platform where as KVM , developed by Avi Kivity from Qumranet, has been gaining more desktop use adoption.

About the author

Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant active in Belgium , Europe and the rest of the universe. He is currently working for Inuits Kris is the Co-Author of Virtualization with Xen ,used to be the maintainer of the openMosix HOWTO and author of different technical publications. He is frequently speaking at, or organizing different international conferences He spends most of his time working on Linux Clustering (both High Availability, Scalability and HPC), Virtualisation and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test, better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea ! His blog titled "Everything is a Freaking DNS Problem" can be found at http://www.krisbuytaert.be/blog/

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