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Gentoo Virtualization Project


1.  Project Description

With the various virtualization solutions are also tools available to manage more than one kind of virtual machine. Furthermore it is possible to share certain knowledge on how to setup and administer such systems. This project exists as a general virtualization project to maintain common packages, to collect documentation and to give the user a general overview what's available on all Gentoo platforms.

This includes (combination of) the following techniques: KVM, Qemu, Lguest, Xen, VMWare, VirtualBox, vServer, OpenVZ, Linux Containers, Solaris Zones, FreeBSD Jails

2.  Project Goals

The current goal is to bring all stakeholders together and to define the next steps. Furthermore, mailinglist, irc-channel, mail-alias have to be created. Shortly after defining how the different sub-projects should interact, a public announcement has to be made.

3.  Developers

Developer Nickname Role
Tiziano Müller dev-zero Lead ( various virtualization packages )
Doug Goldstein cardoe Member ( libvirt )
Diego Elio Pettenò flameeyes Member ( libvirt )
Ian Delaney idella4 Member ( libvirt )
Markus Ullmann jokey Member ( VirtualBox )
Luca Barbato lu_zero Member ( bochs )
Matthias Maier tamiko Member ( libvirt )
Members from subproject vmware
Andreas Hüttel dilfridge Member
Members from subproject qemu
Doug Goldstein cardoe Member ( qemu-kvm )
Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto jmbsvicetto Member ( qemu-kvm )
Luca Barbato lu_zero Member ( qemu )
Thomas Sachau tommy Member ( qemu-kvm )
Members from subproject xen
Alexey Shvetsov alexxy Member
Yixun Lan dlan Member
Ian Delaney idella4 Member

All developers can be reached by e-mail using

4.  Subprojects

The virtualization project has the following subprojects:

Project Lead Description
vmware The Gentoo VMware project maintains the VMware packages in the Gentoo portage tree, as well as contacts with VMware, Inc.
qemu The Gentoo QEMU Project maintains packages related to QEMU.
xen The Gentoo Xen Project maintains packages related to Xen.
Openstack Matt Thode The Gentoo Openstack Project maintains packages for Openstack and some of it's dependancies.

5.  Herds

The virtualization project maintains the following herds:

Herd Members Description
virtualization cardoe, dev-zero, flameeyes, idella4, jokey, lu_zero, tamiko Gentoo Virtualization Project

6.  Contacting Us

IRC Channel

You can reach all our developers (and some users of course) in #gentoo-virtualization on


Page updated 14 Dec 2009

Summary: The Gentoo Virtualization Project maintains packages shared between the different virtualization (sub-)projects and provides documentation and tools to the user to make Gentoo a first choice platform as both host and guest system.

Tiziano Müller

Doug Goldstein

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