OpenVZ is doing fine as well ;)
Posted Dec 6, 2005 19:00 UTC (Tue) by kolyshkin
In reply to: Linux VServer Project is doing just fine now
Parent article: The first stable OpenVZ release
Let me comment on these claims.
Z: the announcement reads "first stable OVZ version"
S: we are at version 2.0.1 (> two years stable releases)
Although this is indeed the first stable OpenVZ release, OpenVZ is essentially Virtuozzo (without its bells and whistles), and Virtuozzo for Linux is available for more than five years already.
- Debian support,
Z: afaik they are redhat oriented (and recently
trying to get gentoo support done)
S: L-VS is in sarge (although with older/broken packages), etch and sid
but either using recent packages or compiling the tool
yourself works pretty fine on debian
Certainly you can compile OpenVZ from sources and use it on any Linux distro. And yes, we are a part of Gentoo for about two months already (with all the recent releases making their way into Gentoo in a very timely fashion). Debian is one of our goals (see roadmap), although personally I am not a Debian expert, still with some help from the Debian community we will make it.
- hardware utilization,
Z: no idea
S: support for 90% of all kernel archs at (almost) native
speed (utilization? I'd say 100% if required)
We are supporting x86 (i386), x86_64 (AMD64, EM64T) and ia64 platforms. "Supporting" here means we have enough hardware for all the three platforms, and do an extensive quality testing (functionality, performance and stress tests) and security audit on all of them. It's a pity but we can not provide the same level of support for other platforms than those three.
Speaking of specific hardware, we are supporting the same set of hardware that RHEL4 does, achieving this by backporting newer drivers from mainstream, vendors and RHEL4 kernels. There is an official Virtuozzo/OpenVZ HCL.
- documentation and
Z: no idea
S: the wiki, the L-VS paper(s) and google
We have an extensive 100-pages user's guide. Also all utilities has man pages, and there are some short to-the-point howtos on the site and the forum.
- community support,
Z: irc channel and forum/bug tracker
S: ML, irc channel (I guess we have excellent support)
There is a bug tracking (Bugzilla) and quite an active support forums, also we have mailing lists and IRC channel (#openvz at freenode). We also provide fee-based support for OpenVZ, done by the same excellent team who supports Virtuozzo.
guess both projects are trying to keep high security
and IMHO the security is at least as high as with the
vanilla kernel release ...
I can definitely say our security is higher than that of vanilla kernel. We achieve that by two means: (1) sticking to older kernel and backporting all the fixes from mainstream and (2) hiring top-rated security specialists to do OpenVZ security audit.
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