Call-for-Testing: KVM-84 Backport

Dustin Kirkland kirkland at
Wed Jun 24 21:17:39 UTC 2009


Ubuntu 8.04 LTS was the first of the major server distributions to
ship KVM as the preferred hypervisor for virtual machine hosting.
KVM's upstream development has proceeded at a vigorous pace--faster
than Ubuntu's other server cornerstones (LAMP, Samba, Bind, Postfix,

The major version of the KVM userspace shipped in 8.04.2 LTS (kvm-62),
and the kvm kernel module in linux-2.6.24 are affected by several key
architectural issues that cannot be solved through cherry-picked

On March 17, 2009, I posted the following call for testing:

We have worked through a number of the issues raised after that blog
post, and cherry-picked several patches that fix some known bugs.  We
believe that Ubuntu 9.04's kvm-84 is a far more complete hypervisor.

This is a call for one more round of testing of a release-candidate
build of that package (kvm - 1:84+dfsg-0ubuntu12.1~rc1) in the
ubuntu-virt ppa:

If you are able to assist us with the testing, please add that PPA,
and install both the userspace and dkms built kernel module onto your
8.04 and/or 8.10 servers.
 $ sudo apt-get install kvm kvm-source

Please file any bugs against kvm in Launchpad, and please tag them
with "kvm-84".

The goal is to upload a version of kvm-84 to the hardy-backports and
intrepid-backports repositories around July 6, 2009.

Thank you,

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