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RE: [Xen-users] Most stable Xen distro?

On Mon, 7 Apr 2008, Tait Clarridge wrote:


Check out the CentOS 5.1 distro. It's been a dream for me.

I've tried a few so far -

Fedora 8 & Xen Source 3.1/3.2 -> Major tweaks needed on my system
CentOS 5/5.1 -> No Problems at all
Ubuntu -> HVM Guests were laggy and using up way to much I/O

Give CentOS a shot. :)

Be aware that if you want to do 64bit dom0 and 32-bit paravirtualized
domU it is not going to work on Centos (and friends).  I've heard
this will be fixed in the next update.


-Tait Clarridge

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Subject: [Xen-users] Most stable Xen distro?

Is there a consensus on which distro is the best for running a Xen dom0?
I have tried Debian Etch (Xen 3.0.3/2.4.18 kernel) but it was having
problems with the domU's thinking the (virtual) hard drive was bad.
I upgraded to Xen 3.2 hypervisor and tools (Using Etch Backports) and
that helped quite a bit (errors are not fatal but still there) but this
left the kernel untouched and I assumed that it would be best to get a
kernel compiled with the same version of hypervisor you are using.

I then tried Ubuntu Gutsy (Xen 3.1/2.6.22 kernel) but the domU guests
hang while booting.

I would prefer a Debian Etch dom0 but will go with whatever works best.

So to clarify.. Is there a Xen distro package / Kernel package
combination that works best?
I would consider compiling from scratch but I am not sure that would do
any better.

Any suggestions?

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