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RE: [Xen-users] Linux tree with stable patches applied

To: "Jaume Sabater" <jsabater@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] Linux tree with stable patches applied
From: "Petersson, Mats" <Mats.Petersson@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:11:48 +0200
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
> Jaume Sabater
> Sent: 25 September 2006 15:57
> To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Linux tree with stable patches applied
> Petersson, Mats wrote:
> > The is the current tree used by unstable, in 
> preparation for
> > 3.0.3 release (due any day now). 
> > 
> > The only place you'd potentially find that release for 
> 3.0.2 is if any
> > distribution is using the same with a 3.0.2 release - not 
> sure if there
> > is any...
> I found Debian. There is this development server, Alioth, and it 
> contains the patches for I tried to apply them to 
> a vanilla 
> kernel and they applied nicely, but the make 
> command did not 
> succeed.
> Anyway, I was hoping to find the "official" kernel used by the Xen 
> developers (i.e., if I am not mistaken) replicated in the 
> three branches, but I see they only upgrade kernel versions in the 
> unstable branch, which is very much understandable. :)

Yes, that's because no "work" is done on anything but the unstable tree.
So if you want the latest version, you'd better get the latest version. 

It's worth keeping in mind that XenSource isn't really a distributor of
Linux kernel's, they supply a patch to the kernel with their
source-code, and a means to download the official kernel. Once the
release is done, it's up to each consumer to update that kernel to the
latest if they so wish - with the ideal model being that you use some
official distro as your installation source unless you're a
Xen/Linux-kernel hacker, and thus you get your pre-compiled kernel and
Xen-hypervisor from SuSE, Redhat, Debian etc. The "released" versions of
Xen is as much for the release to distributor consumers as it is to
release a version to individual consumers. 

With distributions today having Xen 3.0.2, I'd expect new versions
containing 3.0.3 to be made available soon-ish. 

> Since you mentioned, will the kernel version be the 
> official 
> kernel used for the new 3.0.3 stable version, when it's released?

Yes, that would be the one, to the best of my belief - bear in mind that
although I work WITH Xen, I'm by no means an official spokesperson for
XenSource, so there's some element of uncertainty in that statement. 

Btw, it's also probably worth pointing out that the current "unstable"
should be fairly stable, as the patches going into it are mainly small
improvements, and nothing "earth-shattering" - so it's pretty close to
being the 3.0.3 source right now... 

> Cheers!
> -- 
> Jaume Sabater
> http://linuxsilo.net/
> "Ubi sapientas ibi libertas"
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