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In recent days I was trying to install XEN hypervisor on Slackware 14 for testing purposes. I spent huge amount of time to install it (Kernel adjustments, dependency resolution :-) GRUB settings and so on) There is a lot of work to be done to get it working. Finally, once XEN was installed and I rebooted my system, I encounter some problems with my system (modules were not loaded to pure system - without hypervisor).
So I thought - let's give a try and go with Debian. Guys, 30min and I had working XEN.
But finally I found Debian as too automatic. There is no control over many stuff... Anyway lets back to Slackware.
I'm wondering if it possible to push XEN (or other hypervisior) into Slackware 14.1. Now, when we have GRUB on board it is a great opportunity.
We have 2013 and everything is "virtual" or running in clouds. It would be great to have working hypervisior in Slackware out of the box.
Considering that Xen is now 100% open-source and free (to RMS standards), and that it is a top quality hypervisor, it may well be a good inclusion into standard Slackware. To me Slackware is easily the best server distro going (based on simplicity, reliability and most-importantly - predictable package management), and Xen is really best in server environments. For desktops (where I also use Slackware), VirtualBox fits well, but it's not as free or open. +1
@willysr - are you 100% sure about that ? Does that include the Extension Packs ? I did a (very) quick perusal of the source tree and can't see them fully (other than some examples). I's sure there was always a difference between the so-called open-source version and the binary, especially with features such as USB access. I would be happy to be wrong, but quite frankly I do not trust Oracle.
And I'm not sure that "size" should be a decider on whether the software should be in SBo or Slackware. I'm sure there are bigger systems currently in Slackware (Gimp,gcc,tex etc).
No, i'm not talking about size, but i mean the complexity and maintainability since i remember during the development of Slackware 14.0, the XEN package in SlackBuild are getting a lot of patches in order to have it built and it took some time to be considered stable at that moment.
Well, one could have both KVM and Xen. But I suspect that Xen has better performance than KVM. And Xen benefits from years spent under Citrix, where it acquired numerous powerful features. Like full snapshotting, live transfer to other hardware etc. Xen was only recently fully open-sourced by Citrix.