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

On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 12:03:30PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 12:18:51PM +0200, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> > > > What are the plans for Xen for lenny? Is this situation likely to change
> > > > before the release?
> > > 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. 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?
> Which "we" do you expect will support it?  I haven't heard any comments from
> the security team indicating that they're willing to provide support for
> such a stale kernel beyond the normal support lifetime of etch.  If there
> should happen not to be a lenny+1/2 kernel, how long would the security team
> be expected to provide security support for 2.6.18?  Until the release of
> lenny+1?  Until the end of the *lenny* support cycle?
> > 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?
> I think the first question to resolve is to establish that it *is*
> supported...
I think that the prudent thing for Debian to do is to continue to
support the older kernel if that is the only way to ensure Xen support
for the users.  I personally have a few servers running Xen that run
stable.  If the support for Xen in a stable release is not suitable, I
would have to consider migrating those servers to some other distro.  I
would really hate to have to do that.



Roberto C. Sánchez

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