Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

March 1, 2018 Off By Hoofer
Grazed from The Register. Author: Simon Sharwood

Microsoft’s revealed a plan to make Ubuntu 18.04 a "first-class" guest under Hyper-V.

Microsoft’s definition of first-class may sound a bit ho-hum for users of other desktop hypervisors, as it includes window resizing, a clipboard that goes from host to guest and back again, something Microsoft’s called a "Better mouse experience", Drive redirection and the Enhanced Session Mode that allows a guest to access host hardware. The Register’s virtualization desk has enjoyed such features for quite some time in VirtualBox and VMware’s desktop hypervisors.


The new features may therefore be less interesting than the way Microsoft’s implemented them. The Windows giant explained that it worked with "open source folks at XRDP, who have implemented Microsoft’s RDP protocol on Linux." Canonical has helped out too so that once Ubuntu 18.04 drops in April, Hyper-V’s Quick Create VM Gallery will offer the chance of a three-click Ubuntu install with all the new features ready to roll.

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