The Xen team writes: “We’re pleased to announce the official release of xen 3.0.3! This release includes many new features as well as enhanced stability and performance.” TheCodingStudio has a screenshot walkthrough of this new release.
Xen 3.0.3 Released
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2006-10-25 9:26 pmMark Williamson
Hi there. Disclaimer: I’m paid to do work on Xen.
Things are now easier than the 2.x days because more distros include Xen packages. Both SLES / OpenSUSE and Fedora have Xen packages. I think Debian and Ubuntu packages are also available although I don’t know if they’re in an official release.
Configuration is somewhat easier with Xen packaged for the distro (it may set up your grub.conf, etc). For managing running virtual machines, there are a few frontends (both proprietary and open source) or the basic Xen tools (which aren’t too difficult if you have some commandline experience).
RedHat, SuSE and Debian can all reasonably straightforwardly be installed into a virtual machine that’s hosted by the same distro. Debian is the most straightforward for installing onto other distros (via debootstrap).
2006-10-26 2:01 amsomebody
Debian is the most straightforward for installing onto other distros (via debootstrap).
Well, it’s even easier with jailtime.org images and finishing install scripts from local repos:)
btw. just wondering, since I don’t have a problem with production machines, only with my currently preferred desktop. Does nvidia works with xen people on their drivers or not? So far, they were more or less ignoring the problem. Drivers so far only seem to work on some setups (not mine) or should I rather start considering to swap my card for some that is supported out of the base. But it would be a shame to lose quadro.
2006-10-25 10:49 pmunoengborg
There is a GUI for Xen in FC6. I suppose it will turn up in Red Hat soner or later. I havn’t tested it yet as I’m still downloading FC6, but judging from the screenshots it looks promising
> Well, it’s even easier with jailtime.org images and
> finishing install scripts from local repos:)
Yep 🙂 There are other images at xen-get.org which you might find useful.
Also, I’ve heard that crosshurd is also useful for installing Debian (it’s somewhat like debootstrap and isn’t hurd-specific, despite the name).
> Does nvidia works with xen people on their drivers
> or not?
Not that I know of. They are aware of the problem and I think there’s some kind of user request filed against it – although I dare say if you add your voice to those on their forums it’ll help them notice us!
> So far, they were more or less ignoring the
> problem. Drivers so far only seem to work on some
> setups (not mine)
Indeed. I think some folks did manage to hack it into working at one point but can’t remember the details (my memory might even be making it up completely).
> or should I rather start considering to swap my
> card for some that is supported out of the base.
> But it would be a shame to lose quadro.
I think ATI has been made to work (not sure how straightforward it is). There are also somewhat functional open source drivers for ATI (although much less performant in 3D). And obviously, folks should be able to get the Intel stuff to work (or fix it so it does) since that’s also open source.
Beyond that, we might need to wait for the user base to get large enough that Nvidia cares!
2006-10-26 9:15 amfrozen5555
what do you mean with:
Does nvidia works with xen people on their drivers.
on the host or the guest machine. does it suppport 3D acceleration.
FYI: NetBSD 3.1 (to be released real soon now) will support Xen 3.0.3 as a domU.
> Does nvidia works with xen people on their drivers.
> on the host or the guest machine. does it suppport
> 3D acceleration.
In all the cases I was talking about the host. Nvidia drivers don’t work (straightforwardly, at least) with the host *either* as far as I know 🙁 Hopefully Nvidia will fix this in the future!
Acceleration in guests is a fairly hard problem, but projects such as Xen-gl http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~andreslc/xen-gl/ and Blink http://www.diku.dk/~jacobg/blink-techreport.pdf are working to provide some sort of solution.
My employer is a small shop. We’re interested in Xen, but it’d be easier for us to test things out if configuration was simpler than when I poked around during the 2.x era. Is it any easier these days? Are there any good guides that should be mentioned in the comments section of a news post such as this?
Forgive the naive nature of this comment, I’m just trying to herd some information.