"I can't possibly profess to know what the pros and cons are of
pushing hardware device drivers into the hypervisors that support
virtualization technologies like those from XEN and VMware. But
it's clear from a recent thread over at the Linux Foundation that
there's some disagreement amongst experts (including Linus Torvalds
himself) as to whether it makes sense or not..."
Planetè Béranger: Linus Actually Said More Than
"Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, others at odds over pushing
hardware drivers out of Linux? pointed to an intriguing discussion
thread: [Desktop_architects] Drivers -- below the OS?, but David
Berlind failed to notice that the 'Strong words from Linus
regarding the virtualization community!' were actually more than
saying: 'I think what you're seeing is virtualization proponents
being absolutely desperate for any reason to use virtualization...
So next time you hear about hypervisors doing anything at all, ask
yourself where the message comes from. Does it come from a group of
people who are desperately trying to make themselves appear
relevant? Or does it come from forty years of actual real-life
practice?>... I don't doubt at all that virtualization is useful
in some areas. What I doubt rather strongly is that it will ever
have the kind of impact that the people involved in virtualization
want it to have...'"
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