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RE: [Xen-users] installation

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  • From: "Russell Packer" <russell.packer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 11:04:45 -0000
  • Delivery-date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 03:05:32 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: [Xen-users] installation

>From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>[mailto:xen-users->bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Eleni Karaviotou
>Sent: 05 December 2007 10:07
>To: Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [Xen-users] installation
>Hello List!!!!
>I have a question (hopefully not silly): 
>I want to install Xen on Linux. Which Linux distribution to use ? (is >Ubuntu 
>a good idea?) and secondly, which Xen Version  (Xen 3.0)? 
>Any suggestions to make the installation as easy as possible?

Hello Helen,

I'm sure everyone has their own preferences, but I've had a good deal of 
success using Slackware as the dom0. It has been really simple for me - just a 
basic Slackware install (you can just select the full 3Gb install if you like, 
or trim it down to 300 Mb - the choice is yours). Start to finish for me is 
about half an hour, assuming a full install on semi-modern hardware.

You then need to install the GRUB boot loader, available as a package

The grab a Xen binary, unpack it and run install.sh - I've found Xen 3.1.0 to 
be stable enough for me.

Depending on your hardware, you may then also need to run mkinitrd

Modify your GRUB's menu.lst to include an entry for Xen

Create some additional loop devices

Reboot into the Xen kernel.

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