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Re: Xen, Squeeze, and Beyond

On Thu, 2010-02-25 at 16:53 -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> Hi folks,
> There was a thread here a little while back about the status of Xen in
> future Debian releases.  It left me rather confused, and I'm hoping to
> find some answers (which I will then happily document in the wiki).

You're asking on the wrong list - this is a topic for debian-kernel.

> According to http://wiki.debian.org/SystemVirtualization :
> "Qemu and KVM - Mostly used on Desktops/Laptops"
> "VirtualBox - Mostly used on Desktops/Laptops"
> "Xen - Provides para-virtualization and full-virtualization. Mostly used
> on servers. Will be abandoned after squeeze."
> The Xen page on the wiki makes no mention of this.
> So, I am wondering about our direction in this way:
> 1) Will a squeeze system be able to run the Xen hypervisor?  A Xen dom0?

Maybe.  Ian Campbell and Bastian Blank are working on it.

> 2) Will a squeeze system be able to be installed as a Xen domU with a
> lenny dom0?  What about squeeze+1?

lenny's xen-flavour kernels (needed for dom0, optional for domU) are not
supportable even now.

> 5) Do we recommend that new installations of lenny or of squeeze avoid
> Xen for ease of upgrading to squeeze+1?  If so, what should they use?

I would discourage use of the xen-flavour in lenny.


Ben Hutchings
I'm always amazed by the number of people who take up solipsism because
they heard someone else explain it. - E*Borg on alt.fan.pratchett

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