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Re: Approaching VMware (and others) to get Debian listed as supported ?

On Thu, Oct 06, 2005 at 11:06:47AM -0500, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Oct 2005, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> > "Yann Dirson" <dirson@debian.org> writes:
> >
> > > Debian is not listed in the list of supported OS on the VMware website[1].
> > >  We all know here there is no reason for it not to work, especially given
> > > the huge number of other distros listed there, but in the corporate
> > > environment, yada, yada.
> [...]
> > It would probably be more difficult to get added to the list of
> > supported host operating systems.
> >
> VMware talked to us about this at linuxworld once.  The problem is that most
> distros have one official blessed kernel for their releases.  Debian
> is more chaotic^Wdiverse so it is hard for them to do the QA to guarantee

This may have used to be the case, but should not be a problem anymore, we
have only one kernel per released architecture, and make it easy enough for
them to build modules for the official kernels, the debian kernel team needs
to provide a document on how to build modules probably, but even if it is not
yet fully documented, everything is there to make it happen.

And they only support x86 anyway, and maybe amd64/ia64, so there will not be
an overwehlming number of flavours for them to worry about.

Maybe we should make some PR statement about the new way of debian kernels for
the etch timeframe, since many of the third party module builders seem to have
some trouble with this, and the old chaotic situation in mind.

> it will work for all Debian users.  Perhaps with all the work the kernel team
> is doing, they will change their minds for etch.  In the meantime, they
> are responsive to ideas that will make it easier for Debian users to use
> VMware.  That's what they told me anyway.



Sven Luther

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