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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen 4.7 Headline Features (for PR)

On 4/22/16 9:25 AM, George Dunlap wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM, Lars Kurth <lars.kurth.xen@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 22 Apr 2016, at 15:08, George Dunlap <dunlapg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM, Lars Kurth <lars.kurth.xen@xxxxxxxxx> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> Folks,
>>>> given that we have we are getting close to RC's, I would like to start to 
>>>> spec out the headline Features for the press release. The big items I am 
>>>> aware of are COLO. I am a little confused about xSplice.
>>>> Maybe we can use this thread to start collating a short-list.
>>> hotplug disk backends (drbd, iscsi, &c) for HVM guests.
>>> hard affinity for credit2
>>> soft reset for pv guests
>>> kconfig for the hypervisor
>> This is one which potentially has a big security impact and could be a 
>> Headline Feature. Just to remind me, is KCONFIG a run-time or build-time 
>> config mechanism. If the latter, distro users will not benefit from it.
> Kconfig is build-time.  Distros could use it in principle, and I think
> Gentoo will (that was part of Doug's motivation for doing it, IIUC).
> But yes, I suspect most distros will keep everything in by default.
> It's more a feature for embedded / security-conscious vendors.
>  -George

Not really important but I figured I'd be clear about my motivations.
For Gentoo I'll actually keep the stock settings. For Yocto I'll keep
the stock settings but expose a way to run kconfig (like the linux
kernel is in Yocto) for vendors with a security focus. I'm aware of a
handful of downstream vendors which will utilize that capability.

Doug Goldstein

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