The 10 Coolest Open Source Products Of 2013 (So Far)

2. KVM

With IBM now squarely behind KVM, the Linux "kernel-based virtual machine" is one to watch, and maybe even to use. KVM is a full virtualization system for x86 systems, complete with extensions for Intel VT and AMD-V. A loadable kernel module is capable of running Linux and Windows instances side-by-side and unmodified, though the QEMU does need some tweaking. By default, each VM spawns a NIC, video card, RAM and a hard disk. The KVM kernel has been a part of mainline Linux since 2.6.20.

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