Question about paravirtualisation support and about linux-virtual

Ioannis Vranos cppdeveloper at
Mon Oct 18 15:01:15 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-10-18 at 09:50 -0500, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On 10/18/2010 09:10 AM, Tapas Mishra wrote:
> >> Thank you for your answer, however why Xen isn't mentioned then? There
> >> is not Xen virtualisation only.
> >>
> >> There are KMS, VirtualBox, VMware, and others too.
> >>
> >> How do you know it is only for Xen?
> It's not /only/ for Xen, but if the hypervisor software vendor provides
> kernels. That Kernel needs to be installed on the guest.  The VMWare
> modifications should enable paravirtualisation on the guest, you would
> then just need to turn it on inside of the VMWare settings.

Sorry but I did not understand what you mean.

VMware doesn't provide a separate kernel, only VMware tools which
include Guest OS drivers.

Do I also need to install "linux-virtual" metapackage, which includes a
separate virtualisation kernel "linux-image-2.6.32-23-virtual"?:

Linux kernel image for version 2.6.32 on x86/x86_64

This package contains the Linux kernel image for version 2.6.32 on

Also includes the corresponding file, the modules built by
packager, and scripts that try to ensure that the system is not left in
unbootable state after an update.

Supports Virtual processors.

Geared toward virtual machine guests.

You likely do not want to install this package directly. Instead,
the linux-virtual meta-package, which will ensure that upgrades work
correctly, and that supporting packages are also installed.

Canonical provides critical updates for linux-image-2.6.32-23-virtual
until October 2011.

Thanks a lot.

Ioannis Vranos

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