Backport latest stable virtualization packages to LTS

Martinx - ジェームズ thiagocmartinsc at
Fri May 29 18:46:25 UTC 2015

Hey Andrew,

Both new QEmu and new Libvirt are available to Ubuntu Trusty, fully

Just install your Trusty and run the following commands:

add-apt-repository cloud-archive:kilo
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade


apt-get install ubuntu-virt-server

That's it!

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:43 PM Andrew Martin <amartin at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I actively use the qemu-kvm and libvirt virtualization stack on the latest
> Ubuntu server LTS release in a number of production systems. This
> virtualization stack is stable, mature, and provides a great base on which
> to
> host VMs. However, it seems that these packages are not updated once an
> LTS is
> released, aside from security updates. I know that this is due to the
> Ubuntu
> SRU (, however some major
> bugs have
> been found that I think satisfy one of the "When" conditions. For example,
> I
> discovered a bug that would cause the on-disk XML for a VM defined by
> libvirt
> to not be updated when a snapshot is taken:
> The result would be that if the host is rebooted or the VM is shutdown, the
> next time it starts up, it would use the previous snapshot, thus either
> failing
> to start or invalidating the data on the current snapshot. I believe this
> satisfies the "Bugs which may, under realistic circumstances, directly
> cause a
> loss of user data" bullet point on the SRU page.
> I would really like to run a stable virtualization system on top of the
> latest
> LTS, but it is hard when new stable releases are not available. Would it be
> possible for Ubuntu to actively support backporting the stable
> virtualization
> stack, e.g in a PPA? I see that the Ubuntu Virtualization Team exists on
> Launchpad, but does not appear to be active:
> Thanks,
> Andrew Martin
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