Microsoft Releases Linux Integration Services 3.5 for Hyper-V
The software giant continues to court Linux-based workloads with a new driver package that enables support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and 5.6.Microsoft is making room for more Linux distros on its virtualization platform with the release of Linux Integration Services 3.5 (LIS 3.5) for Hyper-V. Linux Integration Services is a driver package that provides "synthetic device support in supported Linux virtual machines under Hyper-V," describes Microsoft in the product download page. Specifically, the software provides driver support, developed specifically for Hyper-V, for network controllers and IDE and SCSI storage controllers along with support for Fastpath boot, symmetric multiprocessing, KVP (Key Value Pair) exchange and jumbo frames, among several other capabilities. Hyper-V Program Manager Ben Armstrong announced in a blog post that his group expanded "distribution support to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.6." He added that the software package "brings much coveted features such as dynamic memory and live virtual machine backup to older RHEL [Red Hat Enterprise Linux] releases." The new software also exemplifies Microsoft's efforts to fashion Hyper-V into a virtual environment that's more welcoming of open-source operating systems. "This release is another significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to provide great support for open source software on Microsoft virtualization platforms," wrote Armstrong.
He also said that in "the true spirit of open source development," the project now has a github repository. "All code has been released under the GNU Public License v2. We hope that many of you will use it for your custom development and extension," added Armstrong.