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Re: [Xen-users] [Xen-devel] [ANNOUNCE] Prebuilt Xen PV-HVM templates.

Thanks for the effort: do ping me when you guys are ready
Also when LiveCD's and the library is in place, that would be a great guest blog post on xen.org

On 03/04/2012 14:30, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 11:46:47AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
On Mon, 2012-04-02 at 18:59 +0100, Joseph Glanville wrote:
On 3 April 2012 02:11, Ian Campbell<Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:
On Sun, 2012-04-01 at 19:16 +0100, Joseph Glanville wrote:
Hi guys,

I have started preparing a library of PV-HVM templates for use on Xen
4.X+ and PVOPS dom0.
Initially there is Debian 6, CentOS 6.2 and Ubuntu 12.04 available
(the final beta, will be updated to final shortly).
Included is an OS image, a config file, a README and the associated
licences etc.
This is very cool, and you are correct that these will be very useful
for people trying to get something going quickly! Thanks Joseph.
No problem, I am working on a new dom0 livecd too.

I need some recommendations on what distro to base it on though...
Personally Gentoo is easiest for me but I think Ubuntu 12.04 is going
to be more enduring and a more beginner approachable alternative.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
I've been working with the Alpine Linux guys (http://alpinelinux.org/)
for some time, and we managed to get a working Xen LiveCD, next major
release (2.4 I think) it's gonna come with Xen Dom0 LiveCDs, since all
the necessary bits have been added to the upstream distro build
scripts. You can take a look at the build scripts here:


It's really easy to generate a LiveCD iso, you just need a working
Alpine Linux install (which can be a VM) and the alpine-iso scripts.

My personal preference would be Debian ;-) But pragmatically Ubuntu is,
I think, generally thought to be a good beginner distro and conveniently
it now contains support for Xen so that seems like a good choice.

Also on the plus side is that Ubuntu may well contain the "Debian Live"
packages/infrastructure which make building Live CDs easier (I presume,
I've never tried them). I don't know if that's actually what is used by
Ubuntu to make their live CDs, if not then I'd hope that infrastructure
was in Ubuntu too.


The images are bz2 compressed blockdevice images suitable for use on
LVM or a file backed tapdisk if you have the appropriate backend.
(alternatively you can use the loop device but this is discouraged)
All images have serial console enabled, PV network and block devices,
fixed udev rules etc.

I will add more info about them, an FAQ about how they are setup and
what you should do to customize them, expand the disk image etc soon.

I am looking for someone to mirror these in the US for me, please
email me if you have spare bandwith.


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