QEMU Maintainer Interviews for the 2.5 release

Hot on the heels of the QEMU 2.4 release, we have QEMU version 2.5 releasing today. QEMU creates the virtual machine which guest operating systems run on top off.  QEMU also handles host-specific things, like the storage and networking on the host. Given the wide scope of this project, there...

Let's Encrypt on OpenShift

Let's Encrypt have lauched their public beta, and they're now offering SSL certificates to everyone.  The process is very easy and quite easy to automate.  However, there's a catch: these certificates expire in a few days (90 days as of now), so they have to be renewed often.  That's where...

30 Years of GNU and Software Freedom Day

It's 30 years of GNU -- 30 years of freedom and 30 years of owning one's computers. I can't imagine a life where I don't have control over the software I run. I'm going to be eternally thankful to RMS and Linus for starting the mass movements that have not...

QEMU Maintainers on the 2.4 Release

QEMU is the software that creates virtual hardware which guest operating systems run on top of.  All (well, almost all -- see note below[*]) the hardware that a guest OS has access to is actually written to some specifications in software -- i.e. no physical hardware is involved.  For the...

Going to KVM Forum 2015

In its 8th edition, the KVM Forum is moving back to North America this year, co-located with LinuxCon NA in Seattle.  It starts with a KVM + Xen hackathon and the (invite-only) QEMU Summit on the 18th August, followed by talks and BOFs on the 19th, 20th, and the 21st. ...

Spot the difference

Yeah.  The monkey's sharper than Jared in the selfie dept. Jared, thanks for being a friend of FUDCon India. You rock!

Live Migrating QEMU-KVM Virtual Machines: Full Text

I've attempted to write down all I said while delivering my devconf.cz talk on Live Migrating QEMU-KVM Virtual Machines.  The full text is on the Red Hat Developer Blog: https://developers.redhat.com/blog/2015/03/24/live-migrating-qemu-kvm-virtual-machines/

FUDCon Pune 2015: CFP Closed, But...

The CFP for FUDCon Pune 2015 is now closed.  We have had an overwhelming response: 141 talks/workshops submitted.  This is more than twice the number of sessions we received for the 2011 edition.  Talk submissions were pouring in till the last minute when we flipped the switch for the CFP...

Easier Access to Random Numbers in KVM VMs

I've written previously about random numbers in virtual machines.  KVM still remains the only hypervisor to offer an RNG device to guests. Quite a lot of exciting changes have landed in the upstream Linux kernel since that last post.  I have written an article in the RHEL blog about it:...

Fedora 21 Release Party at MIT COE, Pune

We had a F21 release party at the MIT COE, the venue for FUDCon Pune.  We were expecting about 20 people to turn up, we did not want to make this a big event.  The students from MIT who attended were enthusiastic and already use Linux for their coursework.  They...