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Re: Testing GNU/kFreeBSD on public clouds

On 10/28/2014 09:50 AM, Steven Chamberlain wrote:
> Hi,
> In the coming weeks I'd like to try GNU/kFreeBSD jessie on some public
> clouds.  (Pending release team's decision on the port's release status
> for jessie).  Hopefully, we can release with some pre-built cloud images
> this time, as those would greatly help potential users or developers get
> a hold of it.
> I did a test already on Bytemark's BigV (KVM-based public cloud):
> https://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2014/09/msg00183.html
> That worked very well, thanks to having proper virtio drivers in the
> upstream FreeBSD kernel now;  there were only a few debian-installer
> issues to overcome, and then it was useful for actual development work:
> https://lists.debian.org/debian-bsd/2014/09/msg00125.html
> I rented the VM at my own expense, however.
> Please let me know if it sounds viable/useful for me to try this, on
> which other clouds next, and especially if you can help me get access to
> instances or a trial account in order to work on this.  (I'm not a DD/DM
> but would agree to follow DMUP or similar rules).
> Debian GNU/kFreeBSD should be able to support KVM hosts, Xen HVM (having
> PV device drivers too), and user reports suggest Hyper-V also works;
> but its kernel cannot be booted directly by Qemu or with pygrub, so is
> usually be booted by GRUB2 from the MBR or GPT BIOS boot partition.
> I would think it most interesting due to ZFS (compressed, snapshottable,
> highly manageable, scalable storage pools);  perhaps for the PF firewall
> and/or CARP;  BSD jails and the potential to run FreeBSD software in
> chroots, or conversely, a Debian chroot on regular FreeBSD.
> Assuming it works, I can imagine cloud instances being useful to future
> development work:  for debian-installer testing, c-i testing, package
> rebuilds etc.
> Thanks!
> Regards,


If that's possible, then I wouldn't mind providing kFreeBSD in the HP
cloud, together with the normal amd64 image.


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