The Citrix/Microsoft partnership continues to bear fruit. Just yesterday they announced an awesome new capability for Linux virtual machines running on Hyper-V. Have you heard?
No, it’s not P2V and it’s not guest customization. No, it’s not orderly guest shutdown. It’s not time sync either.
You must have seen it — the news is everywhere! It’s mouse support.
Mouse support? I know what you’re thinking: shouldn’t that have been in the initial release of the so-called Linux guest OS support? Please note: that kind of thinking just exposes you as a VMware zealot — blindly assuming all supported guest operating systems would have similar capabilities.
The fact that this announcement is such big news is strong support for the points I made recently in a post on Hyper-V Linux deficiencies. Please note that you must still obtain the Microsoft Linux Integration Components from the Microsoft beta portal (Connect) and separately download the new mouse drivers from Xen.org. I’m not even going to ask what the support model is for this concoction.
What took so long? Like me, you are probably not a device driver developer, so we’ll just have to rely on Simon Crosby’s explanation of just how complicated and heroic the effort actually was. Something about reverse-engineering the upstream HID interface to the Flux Capacitor and re-tooling the IO multiplexer array — I hear it was entirely hand-coded in assembly language, so that does explain the lengthy development cycle.
All this is really exciting for the tens — if not dozens — of Hyper-V users that are actually running Linux VMs.