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SubjectRe: [RFC] Unify KVM kernel-space and user-space code into a single project

* Avi Kivity <avi@redhat.com> wrote:

> On 03/18/2010 03:02 PM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> >
> >> [...] What users eagerly replace their kernels?
> >
> > Those 99% who click on the 'install 193 updates' popup.
> >
>
> Of which 1 is the kernel, and 192 are userspace updates (of which one may be
> qemu).

I think you didnt understand my (tersely explained) point - which is probably
my fault. What i said is:

- distros update the kernel first. Often in stable releases as well if
there's a new kernel released. (They must because it provides new hardware
enablement and other critical changes they generally cannot skip.)

- Qemu on the other hand is not upgraded with (nearly) that level of urgency.
Completely new versions will generally have to wait for the next distro
release.

With in-kernel tools the kernel and the tooling that accompanies the kernel
are upgraded in the same low-latency pathway. That is a big plus if you are
offering things like instrumentation (which perf does), which relates closely
to the kernel.

Furthermore, many distros package up the latest -git kernel as well. They
almost never do that with user-space packages.

Let me give you a specific example:

I'm running Fedora Rawhide with 2.6.34-rc1 right now on my main desktop, and
that comes with perf-2.6.34-0.10.rc1.git0.fc14.noarch.

My rawhide box has qemu-kvm-0.12.3-3.fc14.x86_64 installed. That's more than a
1000 Qemu commits older than the latest Qemu development branch.

So by being part of the kernel repo there's lower latency upgrades and earlier
and better testing available on most distros.

You made it very clear that you dont want that, but please dont try to claim
that those advantages do not exist - they are very much real and we are making
good use of it.

Thanks,

Ingo


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