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Re: [virt-tools-list] [PATCH] Add a 'class' attribute to OS

On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 09:06:13AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 06/29/2011 09:00 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 05:55:11PM +0300, Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) wrote:
> >> From: "Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)" <zeeshanak gnome org>
> >>
> >> This is the generic family this OS belongs to, for example Linux, Windows,
> >> Solaris, UNIX etc.
> >> @@ -35,6 +38,7 @@
> >>      <short-id>openbsd4</short-id>
> >>      <name>OpenBSD 4</name>
> >>      <version>4.9</version>
> >> +    <family>UNIX</family>
> >>      <vendor>OpenBSD Project</vendor>
> >>  
> >>      <devices>
> > 
> > Perhaps we should let BSD have a family of 'BSD' ?
> And if we do that, would we classify MacOS as BSD?
> Also, is MirBSD in the list of known OS yet?  I have successfully
> installed that BSD flavor in a VM in the past.

Eric's point above is a good one.  What is "Family"?  It sounds like
it is the historical derivation of the OS, but that's not very useful
except to Unix history geeks.

How about what *kernel* does this run - ie. Linux, Windows, FreeBSD,
Darwin(?), ...  That would actually be a useful thing to know because
it affects whether virtio drivers are available, whether we can run
crash or virt-dmesg on it, and whether the hypervisor has been tested
against it.


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
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