[Lustre-discuss] Patchless server
hozer at hozed.org
Fri Oct 10 20:06:31 PDT 2008
On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 02:23:27PM -0400, Brian J. Murrell wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-10-10 at 12:51 -0500, Troy Benjegerdes wrote:
> > While I think I understand why you say this, it very easily can sound
> > like a monopolistic tactic to sell more Sun hardware.
> Heh. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to say anything that will
> convince you otherwise. But to your points I will say...
I appreciate the effort ;)
> Certainly it would be nice to support everyone's kernels, but we have
> limited resources and our customers have told us what kernels they want
> support for and that's what we support. You have to appreciate that
> Lustre development costs money to keep going and that money has to come
> from somewhere and currently it's coming from customers who want RHEL
> and SLES kernels. If there was a business case in supporting
> Debian/Ubuntu kernels, I think we'd be doing it.
> That said, we are proud that Lustre has been able to continue as an Open
> Source development project and as such are happy to see the community
> take up the packaging of Debian/Ubuntu packages in some of the Debian
> distributions for the community user base.
> In addition, IIRC there was an offer made on this list to include some
> amount of Debian/Ubuntu packaging foo in our official source repository
> should somebody want to contribute something. I don't think anyone has
> stepped up (yet). I am still hopeful.
I went through the process of installing on Debian a month or two ago.
It seems to work relatively well.
All this effort in packaging and QA problems seems to kinda be something
that would just go away with a patchless server though. Which I think
leads back to having good documentation on what each patch in the set is
for, and what issues it has in getting merged into upstream kernel.org.
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