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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] virsh: change output text words 'domain' and 'guest' to 'virtual machine'



On Nov 8, 2010, at 9:17 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
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> I don't think virtual machine is suitable for virsh, because that implies
> full machine virtualization. libvirt/virsh can also be used for containers
> / OS virtualization. Domain/Guest are the only ones that really cover both
> possible usages.

>From the technical point of view, yeah.  But, terminology for virtualisation seems
to have moved on to such a point that "Virtual Machine" is now a generic term
for any kind of virtualisation tech.  The fact that it's "not a full machine" virtualisation
is largely moot.  The different ways we support are just "different approaches" to
virtual machines (sic).

It's kind of like the conversation the other day about virtual switches.  There's more
than one type around the place (Linux bridging, the openvswitch guys, etc).  But,
for the purpose of writing and communicating about them, we can just look at them
as all being types of "virtual switches", albeit with different approaches and
different properties.

Same thing here.  "Virtual Machine" is just the generic term now, and is very
widely understood.

So, I still reckon we should go ahead with this. :)


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