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[Fedora-xen] Disappointed with the Upcoming Fedora 12 Release



Hi,

Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution. I have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming release of Fedora 12 but am disappointed to discover that it will not support Xen pv-ops dom0 kernel.

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Xen Kernel Support

The kernel package in Fedora 12 supports booting as a guest domU, but will not function as a dom0 until such support is provided upstream. Work is ongoing and hopes are high that support will be included in kernel 2.6.33 and Fedora 13.

The most recent Fedora release with dom0 support is Fedora 8.

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Link: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Beats/Virtualization

Here is a list of my Xen pv-ops dom0-related videos on Youtube so far. I am using Fedora 11 x86_64 as my host operating system.

[1] PCI Express x16 VGA Passthrough to Xen-based Windows XP Home HVM Virtual Machine Part 1 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNEiSInrav0

[2]
PCI Express x16 VGA Passthrough to Xen-based Windows XP Home HVM Virtual Machine Part 2 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hOT_9LIG5w

[3] The Final Solution: Open Source Xen VGA Passthrough

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ia3IwG6tp4

[4] Playing 3D FPS Game Alien Arena in Xen-based Windows XP Home Edition HVM Virtual Machine

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tLzYqIJ7Q0

[5] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: 3D Gaming Benchmark Results Part 2 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYg6n8yBktM

[6] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: 3D Gaming Benchmark Results Part 1 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I13E1MQbMc

[7] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: Disk I/O Benchmark Results

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7JS4PMpzY

[8] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: PerformanceTest 7.0 Virtual CPU Benchmark Results

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLR-o9tX_Tw

[9] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: SiSoftware Sandra Virtual Processor Benchmark Part 1 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUXOAPce_40

[10] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: SiSoftware Sandra Virtual Processor Benchmark Part 2 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5lle8WOHLE

[11] Xen Virtualization VGA Passthrough: Playing 3D FPS Games in Windows XP HVM Virtual Machine

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pikwgl8bac8

[12] Xen Virtualization & Intel VT-d: Direct Hardware Access to Graphics Card by Windows Virtual Machines

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHUwg_zxYgw

[13] Xen Virtualization, VT-d, VGA Passthrough, & Windows XP HVM Virtual Machine: Super PI 32M Benchmark

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mxuNRiMxDU

[14] Xen Virtualization: Super PI 32M Benchmark 2nd Iteration

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7W0OFFcw7I

[15] How to Setup a Virtual Supercomputer Center or HPC Cluster using Xen Virtual Machines Part 1 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNKi6CoExM

[16] How to Setup a Virtual Supercomputer Center or HPC Cluster using Xen Virtual Machines Part 2 of 2

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAqDESEWMjM

[17] Building a Rocks HPC Cluster with Xen Hardware Virtual Machines (HVM)

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbLaPpwNAx4

[18] Building a Rocks HPC Cluster with Xen Hardware Virtual Machines (HVM) (Update 1)

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWHIImVBr4o



Because of the absence of official support for Xen pv-ops dom0 kernel in Fedora 11, I have to manually and laboriously configure my home multimedia and general purpose desktop system over a period of 2-3 months. Admittedly I have gained a lot of useful knowledge throughout the process. Thanks to Boris' setup guides, and assistance from Pasi, Han Weidong from Intel Corp, Jeremy Fitzhardinge from Citrix, and the rest of the Xen developers community, I have managed to get a fully working Xen pv-ops dom0 Fedora 11 host operating system.

It will be a daunting task for newbie Linux users who want to setup a Xen pv-ops dom0 system with the more recent releases of Fedora. Please do consider including Xen pv-ops dom0 kernel in the next release of Fedora.

Michael Young has Xen dom0 kernel RPM packages for FC12. I am surprised that they are not included in the upcoming Fedora 12 release.

Link: http://myoung.fedorapeople.org/dom0/x86_64/

Thank you.

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