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

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Re: Most stable Xen distro?
From: Dr A V Le Blanc <LeBlanc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 09:57:50 +0100
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On Tue Apr 08 at 09:08:26 -0700 (PDT), "Steve Lamb" <grey@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, April 8, 2008 12:51 am, Dr A V Le Blanc wrote:
> > I have been running xen 3.1 on Debian etch now since September 4 with no
> > issues.
> [ Snip ]
> > The xen packages I compiled myself using patches which appeared in
>     I'm sorry but as soon as you said "compiled myself" you ceased talking
> about any distribution in general.  I, too, could run Debian and compile
> Xen from sources.  I could do that on a couple dozen distributions.  But
> the point of most distributions is to not compile the tools at hand.

I'm sorry, but I don't agree.  First, the tools are all Debian packages,
and integrate seamlessly into the rest of the distribution; they can
also be upgraded when later the distribution provides these tools as
part of the current release, since these are essentially backports from
the unstable part of Debian.  Secondly, anyone using Xen with any
distribution for serious purposes is likely to want to recompile the
kernel, if only to change some of the built-in defaults, for example,
in my case, the table size for ipvs.  The point is, I have not compiled
Xen from source; I have compiled Debian packages for Debian.  I have
compiled the _kernel_ from the patched source available from kernel.org
with the Xensource patch, but I have done it by creating a Debian kernel
source package.

My Xen machines use hundreds of packages, and the ones compiled by me
are only four or five.  If someone else is looking for a pretty standard
way of getting 32 under 64 (32 bit domU under 64 bit dom0), so far as I
know, no distribution does this without the administrator compiling
something or other.

     -- Owen

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