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Re: [Pkg-xen-devel] Xen status in lenny?

On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 12:18:51PM +0200, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> On 11/07/08 at 11:24 +0200, Bastian Blank wrote:
> > Anything else can be considered more or less broken.
> It seems that Ubuntu 8.04 shipped with a 2.6.24 domU. So Ubuntu is
> the only distro shipping a dom0 based on Linux >> 2.6.18? How did they
> achieve this? :-)

FC8 ships a forward ported 2.6.22, Ubuntu 8.04 a forward ported 2.6.24.
They pushed work into it and got something which works more or less
good. The Ubuntu patch never worked for me.

> > It will ship the hypervisor and a domU kernel. For dom0 it will need
> > either the etch or my own[1] kernel. This may be changed later if we can
> > get a new kernel in the stable release.
> The problem I see with that is that people will be left without a
> supported dom0 kernel at some point during the etch lifetime.

Which is at least lenny + 1 year, which gives us some time.

>                                                               Do we have
> a plan to address that? Shouldn't we make it clear that we will support
> the etch kernel until a lenny+1/2 kernel is available, for example?

-security is needed for this.

> Also, can you use the Xen 3.2 features with the etch kernel, or are you
> somehow limited?

It does not support power management, but otherwise it works.

> Wouldn't it be a good idea to ship a linux 2.6.18 kernel in lenny, only
> for dom0, so it's clear that it is supported?

This needs redefining of the rule that we don't longer want multiple
kernels in a stable release. But should be possible if -release and
-security don't veto it.


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