Xen GUI in Fedora Core 6
Fedora Core is Red Hat’s Linux distribution for testing new technologies.
The new version (6) of Fedora Core, which became available for download in November, shows that major Linux vendors see the importance of virtualisation and virtual private servers in years to come.
Xen in Fedora Core 6 comes with a GUI named Virtual Machine Manager.
Virtual Machine Manager seems to be easy to use although it seems to be in its young age.
There are some options missing like information about inactive time, options to connect to virtual manager on remote server etc.
Also there is not much feedback when some operations fail to execute. There are not many error, warning or any other messages which might help you trace the root of the problem.
It is obvious that the product still needs much development and it is not uncommon that Red Hat decides to include half-finished products like those in its Fedora Core.
Virtualisation software embedded in Linux distributions is suitable for Virtual Private Server (VPS) providers. But which virtualisation software is embedded in which Linux distros?
Xen has been available in Fedora Core since version 5 and in Suse since version 10.1. Most probably Red Hat will include Xen in its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 which has to appear at the end of the year.
It is also worth noticing that some other distribution is offering OpenVZ.
OpenVZ is virtualisation software which is in fact an Open Source testing suite for Virtuozzo.
OpenVZ has started to be available in Gentoo, Mandriva and Debian Unstable. Still, very rarely hosting providers use OpenVZ for offering their VPS. OpenVZ has also been avaiable on Ubuntu since version 6.10.
I’m sure that we will see the importance of Xen and OpenVZ related products in years to come.