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Re: [Xen-users] Most stable Linux for running xen hypervisor?

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: "Austin S. Hemmelgarn" <ahferroin7@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:01:25 -0400
  • Delivery-date: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:02:50 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>

On 2016-06-01 09:16, Keith Roberts wrote:
Hi all.

I’ve had issues with upgrading a xen VM host server from opensuse 12.3
to 13.1.

I seem to have hit this bug here now:


Can anyone on the list kindly recommend a distribution and version of
Linux they think is the most stable for running the xen hypervisor, and
VM’s in Paravirtualisation mode please?
Stable is a pretty subjective term. I know people who use RHEL who have upgrade issues when dealing with Xen, and I also know people who run Arch who have none. Most people call Arch less stable than RHEL (because it gets more updates and has more up-to-date software), but that doesn't mean that it's more buggy than RHEL, it just means that they get more updates.

I personally use Gentoo with the appropriate ~* keyword set for the system (usually ~amd64, but I do have some ARM systems too), which is supposedly one of the most unstable configurations available, but I've had no issues with Xen upgrades other than the unavoidable requirements to keep the hypervisor and tools version synced and to reboot as soon as possible after upgrades. Part of that may be the fact that the Gentoo packages for Xen are mostly unmodified from upstream other than applying XSA patches, but I think a bigger part of it is that I'm not using any virtualization management tools on top of Xen (the fewer things you have, the fewer things can go wrong).

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