Virtualization with KVM

Introducing KVM, its internals and how to configure and install it.

With the introduction of KVM into the Linux kernel, future Linux distributions will have built-in support for virtualization, giving them an edge over other operating systems. There will be no need for any dual-boot installation in the future, because all the applications you require could be run directly from the Linux desktop. KVM is just one more of the many existing open-source hypervisors, reaffirming that open source has been instrumental to the progress of virtualization technology.

Irfan Habib is student of software engineering at the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. He loves to code in Python, which he finds to be one of the most productive languages ever developed.



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Thanks for the heads up!

Anonymous's picture

Thanks for the original link....I like that article better!

Suspicious circumstances

noticer's picture

I may be mistaken, but the content of this article appears to be copied (at times word for word) from an earlier article written on April 18th 2007, found here - . If so the circumstances are unfortunate and apalling.

An example is the section in this article (written on 1st Feb 2008)

"Two of the most common approaches to software-emulated virtualization are full virtualization and paravirtualization. In full virtualization, a layer, commonly ..... so each cooperates with the hypervisor to virtualize the underlying hardware. "

is almost the IDENTICAL to

"Two of the most common approaches to virtualization are full virtualization and para-virtualization. With full virtualization, a layer exists between the virtualized operating systems ...... so each cooperates with the hypervisor to virtualize the underlying hardware." from the article by Tim Jones linked above.



Mitch Frazier's picture

I would have to agree with you, it appears that much of this was copied from the article that you mention. We do attempt, when circumstances warrant it, to check the web to make sure content is original, but mostly we just have to rely on the honesty of our authors.

So yes, shame on us and shame on the author.

Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.

HOW to get KVM going on Suse 10.3

awilcox's picture

I installed the two KVM packages using Yast. That was the easy part.

Now what do I do?

"kvm-intel" isn't recognized. Is there some script you didn't mention? Am I supposed to use modprobe?