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I am flying from Moscow to Los Angeles tomorrow. It's 13 hours in the air but right to the place I need (and want) to be -- SCALE8x. Just before SCALE, though, I will be in San Francisco for a day and a half -- let me know if you want to meet for a glass of beer or shot of coffee. No vodka, I only drink it when it's cold. Right, Moscow is very cold in the winter...

My plans about new t-shirts for SCALE are not fulfilled; instead I want to print some stickers/labels and maybe something like postcards. I am still designing those, hope to print overnight at Fedex Office when I arrive. An OpenVZ sticker is what I always wanted personally -- my notebook cover carries a lot of stickers (mostly related to GNU and Linux), but OpenVZ one is missing. So I am kinda using my official position to get what I want :) -- if I am not mistaken the correct English word is jobbery.

In the meantime, and this is now fully official, OpenVZ kernel team is working on porting our stuff to Linux kernel 2.6.32. This will take about a month, and we hope to have it working in time to include into next Debian release.

While 2.6.32 is some time away, we keep updating our stable (RHEL5-based) kernel. You can have a sneak preview of newest kernel changelog here. One feature worth noticing is added support for signalfd() syscall which is desperately needed by late versions of udevd and thus all the latest distros (like Fedora 12 and Ubuntu 9.10) which you might want to run in a container.


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Feb. 17th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Excelent news!
Hi Kir, thank you for share this excelent news. Porting OpenVZ to kernel 2.6.32 is a great step, I hope this will be included in Debian Squeeze. Congratulations for your great work. Have a nice travel!

Feb. 17th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Thats awesome.
I sincerely hope that it will play nicely with KVM, it will still be an excellent upgrade anyhow.
Feb. 17th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Great news!!!
Feb. 18th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
So, what the destiny of 2.6.26 & .27 braches? will .32 be the same (unstable) ?
Feb. 19th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Any chance of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?
April 2010 will be the next Ubuntu release with "long term support" - it would be nice to just apt-get install linux-openvz like I can with their last LTS release :)
Feb. 19th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Have a good trip

Some day I hope to go to SCALE... as I hear it is fantastic. I challenge you to take some pictures from SCALE and post them to the blog!

I hope your plane trip goes well. Be sure and have some fun. If you want to mail me some tee-shirts, I'll wear them. I usually wear at least one OpenVZ tee-shirt to work every week.

Glad to hear that OpenVZ is going to be ported to 2.6.32. I also hear that that happens to be the kernel version that will be shipping with RHEL6 sometime this summer.

Feb. 20th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, nice. So far we already have the following 2.6.32 "supporters" :

* GRSecurity & PAX: announced "supporting the 2.6.32 kernel on a long term basis".
* Debian: decided 2.6.32 will be the next release's (Squeeze) kernel.
* Ubuntu: Lucid Lynx, the next Long Term Support release will also use 2.6.32
And indeed, they ported and debugged AppArmor to 2.6.32, along the way.
* RHEL 6: Some leaks about RHEL 6 being based on 2.6.32
Rumors? at least this shows 2.6.32 is currently being tested as a RHEL6 kernel:
* Upstream/kernel.org: 2.6.32 choosen by Greg Kroah-Hartman as the new "-stable", long term officially supported kernel
* Google Android 3.0 (aka "Froyo", the next major release) will use 2.6.32 too.

Also DRBD released 8.3.7 with fixes for 2.6.32 (their latest "out of tree" patchset, since they got merged upstream in 2.6.33), as did VirtualBox (with 3.1.4 release). Vserver and TuxOnIce provides "experimental" or "development" patches for 2.6.32. Xen forward ported the pv_ops dom0 patchs to 2.6.32 (not sure how stable/supported this is though).

No news from nVidia and vmware drivers. openSUSE 11.3 (to be released in July), won't be 2.6.32 based for sure, the development version is already 2.6.33 based (http://news.opensuse.org/2010/02/17/number-two-always-tries-harder-opensuse-milestone-2/#more-2893).

So it's pretty nice to see all those effort coming together around 2.6.32 - this kernel will benefit lots of independent testing, for instance. I fear the schedule may be short for OpenVZ to be ported to 2.6.32, then packaged and included in the next Ubuntu LTS though. Ubuntu Lucid kernel freeze is scheduled for March 11th :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LucidReleaseSchedule .
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I don't know about RHEL6 being based on 2.6.32, there are some indications that it's based on Fedora 12 and 2.6.31 kernel.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?format=multiple&id=515285 (RHEL6 bug, kernel version is shown in several places)

Anyway, this is good news. LXC is not production ready and I'd hate to drop openvz.
Mar. 8th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Fedora releases rebased kernel for Fedora 12
Fedora just released an update over the weekend to a 2.6.32-based kernel for Fedora 12. I would imagine we'll see a 2.6.32 rebase for Fedora 11 as well but that hasn't happened yet.

I don't know if that is going to carry though to RHEL 6 but it might.
Mar. 8th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Fedora releases rebased kernel for Fedora 12
in the meantime…

This is highly experimental at the moment though.
Feb. 21st, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Great news
Thanks for the update - it is very exciting to hear a newer kernel will be available.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" uses 2.6.32 also
This is great news, hopefully both will be supported. The Ubuntu LTS release is only 2 months away; is there any way to help with the 2.6.32 merge effort?
Feb. 22nd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Great news
I'm so glad to hear OpenVZ is going to be available for 2.6.32.

Will the new OpenVZ port be based on the containers stuff in mainline, or will it be independent?
May. 6th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kir :)
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