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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] domain builder for ReactOS

To: Ge van Geldorp <gvg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] domain builder for ReactOS
From: Christian Limpach <christian.limpach@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 23:34:53 +0100
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On 6/2/05, Ge van Geldorp <gvg@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> As announced earlier 
> (http://lists.xensource.com/archives/html/xen-devel/2005-03/msg01160.html)
> I'm working on porting ReactOS to Xen. The first stage, getting our bootloader
> running, is complete now. Progress report and a screenshot on
> http://reactos.com/wiki/index.php/Xen_port
> To start ReactOS in a Xen domain, a ReactOS domain builder is needed. Patches
> to implement that are included below.

I'm not too keen on this approach:  we try to keep the number of
domain builders small.  Ideally we'd only want one builder for
paravirtualized guests and one for hardware assisted guests.  For
paravirtualized guests, this is the mis-named "linux builder".  We
have a plan9 specific builder because plan9 uses a.out, but I think it
would be preferable to support additional file format loaders within
the linux builder.

Why do you think that you need a different builder?  Especially since
you're going to use a bootloader anyway, your actual kernel image file
can be of whatever format you like...  If your main/only struggle is
with the ELF format, then please consider adding support for
additional loaders in the existing builder.


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