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Jan Lübbe
Day DebConf day 6 (2008-08-15)
Room Salon del mar
Start time 15:00
Duration 01:00
ID 275
Event type lecture
Track DebConf
Language en

Virtualisation in Debian - Present and future

Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, VMWare, QEmu

There are now many virtualization and emulation packages available on Debian. This talk will give an overview over the different approaches, their pros/cons and current states. I will also show where each of them is heading and what that means for Debian.

As an introduction i will explain the diffrent approaches to virtualization (system-/container-virtualization, hardware based, paravirtualization, emulation/recompilation) and how the packages use these.

The linux kernel now has explicit support for virtualization using the paravirt-ops interface.

The detailed part will focus on KVM, Xen and QEmu. These are probably the most popular free virtualization tools.

An interesting new project is libvirt, which will provide a consistent interface to different virtualization tools.

Ubuntu has recently choosen KVM as their main package and will ship it in 8.04 (Hardy Heron), Red Hat is working on forward porting Xen to a recent linux kernel. How will these influence Debian?