Last week's big virtualization news was Red Hat's purchase of Qumranet for $107 million.
By way of brief background, Qumranet has two overlapping, but somewhat independent, technology sets. The first--for which it is probably best known--is KVM, an open-source hypervisor that is in the process of being added to the Linux kernel. The other is its SolidICE virtual desktop solution that uses a back-end Linux server (virtualized with KVM) connecting to clients with the company's own Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE) protocol. The virtual desktops themselves can be Windows, as well as Linux.
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