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September 1, 2016updated 11 Jan 2017 12:17pm

What is KVM?

A Kernel-based Virtual Machine is an open source virtualisation for the Linux kernel distributions.

By Hannah Williams

A Kernel-based Virtual Machine is an open source virtualisation for the Linux kernel distributions.

The KVM was merged into the Linux kernel mainline in kernel version 2.6.20, with the use of a type-two hypervisor. It has also been ported to FreeBSD and illumos, activated in the form of loadable kernel modules.

In order for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine to work, it requires a processor with hardware virtualisation extensions.

Want to know who KVM was invented by? See next page.

KVM supports a range of different operating system images other than Linux, which include Windows, BSD and Solaris.

The KVM hypervisor is the virtualisation layer in the Kernel-based Virtual Machine.

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