Microsoft has always had great interest in open source and open source software, from the development of free software to the acquisition of Cygwin. Microsoft has also played an important role in the development and adoption of open source technologies in our products. More recently, the Microsoft Virtual Machine team has become more involved in open source, contributing to both Ubuntu and Fedora. In addition, Microsoft is a strong supporter of the open source community, and the European Open Source Games Forum (EOSG) is also hosted in Microsoft facilities overlooking the River Thames at One Canada Square. The EOSG offers an Open Source Summit each year, with some keynotes, demos and presentations.
As part of our continued support for both Windows and Linux virtualization, Microsoft is committed to building open-source extensions and alternatives to the virtualization components of our virtualization products, such as Virtual Machine Monitor (VMKM). These VMKMs provide open source replacements for the KVM hypervisor and extensions to the user experience in the Virtual Machine Manager agents on Linux hosts and the Hyper-V host. We are also working hard to ensure that Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is able to work well with other open source hypervisors such as Xen and the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) to provide a superb customer experience.
We are very pleased to announce the release of Linux Integration Services version (LIS) 3.5. As part of this release not only have we included several awesome features much desired by our customers but we have also expanded our distribution support to include Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.6. This release is another significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to provide great support for open source software on Microsoft virtualization platforms. The following paragraphs provide a brief overview of what is being delivered as part of this release. Lately, we have been very busy to improve our product and market expansion. As part of this, we have been closely monitoring the Linux ecosystem, and have decided to add support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.6. With this release, we have proven to our customers that LIS will keep supporting new releases of Linux applications and its packages. d2c66b5586