unikernels and unified projects
Posted Mar 23, 2010 20:24 UTC (Tue) by mingo
In reply to: Perhaps hubris is not a good programmer characteristic.
Parent article: KVM, QEMU, and kernel project management
Trying to tie the entire performance monitoring stack to a single
OS was a horrible idea then. It still is, but whatever.
Similar things were said about Linux 15+ years ago, that its unikernel (non-microkernel) design that tied in all the kernel stack into a single unit was a horrible idea.
That design worked out very well in practice, and we are seeing similar things with perf as well.
I've used QEMU on non-Linux. This really seems like mingo forcing some
kind of Linux lock-in on otherwise multiplatform tools.
Qemu was dying before Linux/KVM reinvigorated it - this is an uncontested fact that was acknowledged by Avi too.
Furthermore, Avi/Anthony stated it in the discussion that the location and splitup of the repository is immaterial.
So if they are right, then the position of the repo within the Linux kernel repo is immaterial as well - and there would be little effect from such a move.
If i'm right then it would reinvigorate Qemu and KVM even more.
It's all speculation though - we wont know it for sure until we've tried it. (Which is moot and wont happen as per the current position of the KVM and Qemu maintainers.)
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