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From Joe Brockmeier <>
Subject Re: CentOS System Offering Thread
Date Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:01:58 GMT
On Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 11:32 PM, Marcus Sorensen wrote:
> This is pretty important.  Anyone should be able to roll their own,
> rather
> than relying on a single potentially out-of-date image. It seems like it
> would be pretty simple and straightforward on the face of it, however
> many
> of the scripts have been written specifically for Debian. I'd honestly be
> ok with having to stick to a particular distro if I at least had clear
> instructions on how to make my own, I understand the need to program
> against a single defined userspace.

I see a potential problem with this. 

Any scenario where users are customizing part of the stack means
additional variables which means additional problems. If we target
Debian, trying to create a system VM from CentOS/RHEL means different
libraries, etc. - which means a number of potential problems cropping up
where there were none before.

I'm not saying users *shouldn't* be able to do this - just that I
haven't noticed anyone raising the issue that we'll probably start
seeing a fair number more bugs if replacing the system VM becomes a
standard practice. There's a reason, for instance, that Linux vendors
don't support custom kernels - and what's being proposed here is
swapping out an entire OS. 

It's going to make things a bit more tricky when someone reports a bug
and they're using a roll-your-own system VM and the people doing the
testing are using a different one. 

Again - not saying we shouldn't do this, but I'd like to see that given
a bit more consideration when we're discussing the issue. 


Joe Brockmeier
Twitter: @jzb

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