[Xen-users] top ten excuses to not use OpenSuSE as Xen dom0
rl-3 = runlevel 3, aka cmdline
1- Poor domU tools
OpenSuSE has nothing similar to debootstrap. The debian world has debootstrap.
Breaking news: you can find or build yourself a debootstrap RPM to install via
bootstrap any debian/ubuntu xen guest in any rpm based distro like suse.
2- Bloated installer that has too few options for partitioning
zypper has options and switches which allow complete freedom during installs.
zypper can initiate a bootstrap/chroot type install with --root and --plus-repo
switches. When you need maximum freedom don't use the installer, use zypper in
3- Too much influence from MS in business and in OS architecture (Mono)
You can do a custom install that is completely free of Mono.
4- Weak or non-existent cmdline package tools for rl-3 use
nothing weak about zypper/rpm combo
5- Too difficult to setup a minimal server
you can use patterns, but avoid xen_server pattern and explicitly install the
5-6 xen related rpm
6- Late to catch the pv_ops wave - still using a xenlinux kernel (kernel-xen)
this is a strength, not a weakness.
7- Yast2 applets are too visual and add bloat
ncurses are supported in rl-3.You can launch all yast2 applets via cmdline.
Do yast2 --list (to see all the choices)
'yast2 runlevel' makes service configs easy
8- Forces use of Libvirt and its tools
Avoid xen_server pattern which includes Libvirt.
ouch: zypper in -t pattern xen_server (requires 220 packages)
9- Still behind in Grub version(0.97)
very flexible and supports symlinks
no need to write explicit xen & kernel versions in boot lines
10- Straying too far from linux standard base (lsb).
Yast2 is what makes OpenSuSE unique. That it can work in rl-3 via
ncurses and cmdline is in the tradition of lsb.
11- latest release (11.3) has a severe bug in kernel-xen.
OBS build service has this covered.
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