Weekly status #123

Weekly status for the week of the 4th November to the 10th of November.


This past week has seen the new LXD storage API merged, along with a working directory driver for it. Other storage drivers will follow shortly.

Also this week we have added the initial implementation of virtual machine support. VM support only uses the new storage API and so at this time VMs can only be created on dir backed storage pools.

Example of creating a VM:

lxc launch ubuntu:18.04 v1 --vm -s dirpool -p vmprofile

At this time, VM support consists of:

  • Ability to create and launch VMs on dir storage pools (either from Ubuntu images or empty the using PXE boot).
  • Ability to specify RAM and CPU count using limits.memory and limits.cpu settings.
  • Raw console access (using lxc console) - you should use LXD’s cloud init support to set a password for logging in.
  • Bridged networking.
  • VM agent - ability to see the VM’s state in lxc ls and perform file push and pulls.

Contribute to LXD

Ever wanted to contribute to LXD but not sure where to start?
We’ve recently gone through some effort to properly tag issues suitable for new contributors on Github: https://github.com/lxc/lxd/labels/Easy

You can also find a slightly longer, more detailed list here: Contributing to LXD

FOSDEM 2020 - containers devroom

We will once again be running the containers devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM conference in Brussels, Belgium. This year it’s going to be over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of February.

The detailed call for papers can be found here: FOSDEM 2020 containers devroom: Call for papers

Upcoming events

Ongoing projects

The list below is feature or refactoring work which will span several weeks/months and can’t be tied directly to a single Github issue or pull request.

  • Virtual machine support
  • Rework of internal LXD storage handling
  • Distrobuilder 1.0 release
  • Various kernel work
  • Stable release work for LXC, LXCFS and LXD

Upstream changes

The items listed below are highlights of the work which happened upstream over the past week and which will be included in the next release.




  • Nothing to report this week


Distribution work

This section is used to track the work done in downstream Linux distributions to ship the latest LXC, LXD and LXCFS as well as work to get various software to work properly inside containers.


  • Nothing to report this week


  • Added squashfs-tools-ng
  • Split xtables to its own part
1 Like