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

Paul van der Vlis paul at vandervlis.nl
Fri Jul 11 09:27:51 UTC 2008

Ian Campbell schreef:
> On Thu, 2008-07-10 at 21:53 +0200, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
>> Hi,
>> AFAIK, the status of Xen in lenny is currently the following:
>> - no dom0 kernel
>> - domU kernel only for i386 (no domU kernel for amd64)
>> I was told (I don't remember where) that this is because the vanilla
>> kernel only supports domU for i386, and has no dom0 support, so distros
>> have to port the patches to their kernels (please correct me if I'm
>> wrong).
> That is correct.
> The upstream -tip tree currently has some 64 bit domU patches queued
> (probably for 2.6.27). They are rather new and far reaching since they
> make some some nice infrastructure cleanups along the way etc. There's a
> rather slim chance they might make it in for Lenny but given their young
> age I'm not quite happy to say we could support a kernel with them for
> the lifetime of Lenny.
> dom0 support is being worked on by Fedora people (I think) but there are
> no patches upstream yet.
>> However:
>> - etch shipped with dom0 and domU kernels on i386 and amd64
>> - all major distros shipped with "full" Xen support
> FWIW fc9 didn't ship with dom0 support -- that is targeted for fc10.
> For now I think they recommend you stick with fc8 for dom0.
> I think we will be in a similar situation -- recommending sticking with
> Etch for dom0 (or at least the Etch kernel, which I run on sid for my
> Xen uses just fine) is probably the best we can do at the moment.
>> What are the plans for Xen for lenny? Is this situation likely to change
>> before the release?
> Without a massive injection of manpower (Debian side or upstream) I
> don't see much changing. I've heard that maybe a Lenny + 1/2 kernel
> might be able to add the features (64bit + dom0) which are missed this
> time around if they are available upstream, but that isn't my call to
> make.

Some Fedora-links about Xen:

Eventually we could support the Etch-kernel in Lenny until there is
another solution?

Maybe we could make some publicity about this situation in Debian
Project News. Maybe there is someone who can help.

With regards,
Paul van der Vlis.


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