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December 3rd 2009 10:38 am

Announcing the Release of ChromiumOS64 with Xen Virtualization Support

Announcing the Release of the World's First 64-bit Build of Google's Chromium OS with Xen Virtualization Support

I have integrated the open source Xen hypervisor 3.4.3 RC1-pre and Jeremy Fitzhardinge's pv-ops dom0-patched kernel into my 64-bit build of ChromiumOS. With the integrated Xen virtualization support, you can now create and run virtual machines or guest operating systems in Google's Chromium OS. If you do not have a need to create virtual machines, you can simply run ChromiumOS64 as a Xen domU virtual machine.

To run Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and/or Windows Server 2008 as a hardware virtual machine (HVM), you need to have a processor with hardware virtualization support, e.g. Intel VT-x or AMD Pacifica.

To enable PCI/PCI-e and/or VGA pass-through to HVM virtual machines, you need to have a motherboard with a supporting chipset capable of Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed Input/Output (VT-d). VGA passthrough is more involved and may require you to modify the code to properly support your specific PCI Express x16 graphics card and recompile the Xen hypervisor and Xen tools.

Download your copy now! Please note that this is a pre-alpha release.

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It's a Xen 3.4.3-RC1-pre Type 1 hypervisor Live USB image + 64-bit Google Chrome OS bundled together.
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For Detailed Instructions for Using the Bundled Xen 3.4.3-RC1-pre and 64-bit Google Chrome OS Live USB Image to Create a Fedora 11 Linux PV Virtual Machine/Guest Operating System/DomU, please refer to the following link:

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Xen slips in Google Chrome OS (sort of)

[QUOTE www.virtualization.info ]

Google didn’t release yet its lightweight operating system for netbooks, Chrome OS, and many people already rushed to customize the early source code to create fully-functional images that can boot inside a virtual machine or on real hardware.

One of these early experiments is particularly interesting for the virtualization community because it modifies the Chromium OS open source code to include Xen.

The one that released this project, called ChromiumOS64, is Teo En Ming, who hacked the code to support 64bit platforms (the Google code only supports 32bit architectures at the moment because it targets Intel Atom CPUs that powers most netbooks) and integrate Xen 3.4.3 RC1.

This 64bit Xen-powered Chromium OS build is able to run Windows virtual machines (from XP to 7, including Server 2000, 2003 and 2008) as long as the physical CPU has Intel VT-x or AMD-V.
It even supports I/O virtualization as long as the CPU has Intel VT-d and the PCI Express graphic card has its drivers included in the build.

Of course the project is available for free and you can even run in from a USB thumb drive.


Source: www.virtualization.info­/2009­/12­/xen­-slips­-in­-googl...
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