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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.



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Apr. 26th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
About RHEL 5.5 and 6 beta.
Great news! :-)
Apr. 28th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Its needed to Support cpulimit in the newer Branches.

Why dont you support it?

Openvz is not usable with multiple Users taking all Cpu Power.

cpuunits suck.

May. 14th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Do you may answer: how many time to release based of RHEL 5.5 kernel?
We need one features of this kernels: Opteron Magny-Cours support
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
RPM isn't portable
Why don't you release only a simple patch file for the openVZ kernel? Installing rpm packages on Non-RedHat based distributions will cause a lot of trouble.

I'm using debian with a self compiled realtime kernel and i only need a kernel patch for openVZ support. No branches and no other unnecessary stuff.
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: RPM isn't portable
When we release RPM, we also release SRPM which have a patch in it, and we also release a patch (from vanilla mainstream kernel to the one that we ship). Please elaborate on what exactly do you want.
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Re: RPM isn't portable
I want exactly what i wrote: simply the patch file for patching the vanilla kernel. Not more and not less.
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: RPM isn't portable
As I said above, we do provide it*, so again I'm not quite sure what the problem is?

* example -- http://wiki.openvz.org/Download/kernel/rhel5/028stab070.2#Kernel_patch
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