Kir Kolyshkin (k001) wrote in openvz,
Kir Kolyshkin
k001
openvz

Less branches, more kernels

We have just announced that we stop making new releases for OpenVZ kernel branches 2.6.24, 2.6.26, and 2.6.18. So, from now on we only have 2.6.27, 2.6.32, RHEL4-2.6.9 and RHEL5-2.6.18. Removing the number of parallel kernel branches we have to maintain really helps to concentrate on supporting the remaining ones and moving to mainline. I hope that doesn't affect anyone too much -- from where I stand most users run either stable (i.e. RHEL5-2.6.18) or bleeding edge (2.6.32, before it used to be 2.6.27). In any case, we are not dropping support for vendor kernels, such as OpenVZ kernels in Debian and Ubuntu -- those are still supported from us for the lifetime of the distributions that carry it, we will help with OpenVZ bugs in those kernels through the usual channel.

On the remaining branches. Last Thursday we did an update to 2.6.32 kernel fixing some nasty bugs found in the first public version, and today we updated 2.6.27 kernel as well. Speaking of 2.6.27, it will eventually be dropped as well, but we will keep maintaining it for at least a few more months.

Stable kernel update (RHEL5.5 based, 028stab069...) is currently in testing, but don't expect it to be released real soon now -- previous experience tells us that .y updates are not that easy. We also anticipate to open RHEL6-2.6.32 branch soon, since Red Hat already shooted a beta of their upcoming release.
Tags: kernel, openvz
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