[talk] virtualization support in openbsd

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Mon Aug 31 15:08:05 EDT 2015

On 08/31/15 11:55, Justin Sherrill wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 2:44 PM, Malcolm Matalka <mmatalka at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't know much about virtualization, how come not port kvm or bhyve?
> Or Xen (which I think NetBSD is the only one supporting) or vkernels
> (DragonFly-only) or hey, jails, which has been around forever but
> everyone has a slightly different version of.

freebsd also has continuing support being developed to Xen (as well as
support for virtual box).

> It's frustrating to have so many projects working on the same problem
> in different ways, and not only every one with a case of NIH, but not
> even looking for a compatible methodology.  At this point, Linux
> virtualization is more consistent than BSD, which goes against the
> one-system-with-predictable-results selling point that's been around
> for so long.

hah - i wish you were correct re: linux vitrualization being consistent.
 libvirt is *sorta* consistent if you stick to one distro - but once you
start mixing centos, unbuntu and debian hypervisors proceed at your own
risk.  and Qemu/KVM also has interesting delta's between distro's and
kernel revisions I have found.

i'm all for having support for multiple hypervisors in the BSD
ecosystem.  i am willing to bet that the approach OpenBSD will take will
be quite a bit different than the bhyve team.


Pete Wright
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