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Re: NetBSD/XEN misnamed?

Quoting Ignatios Souvatzis <ignatios%cs.uni-bonn.de@localhost>:

> from the FAQ:
> "Xen currently runs on the x86 architecture, but could in principle be
> ported to others.In fact, it would have been rather easier to write
> Xen for pretty much any other architecture as x86 is particularly 
> tricky to handle."
> Shouldn't NetBSD/XEN be called something like NetBSD/XEN86, so that
> e.g. a future XENamd64 would fit into the naming scheme?

I guess it depends on how important the processor architecture is.  Of
course at the binary level it's quite significant but at the source code
level it shouldn't be, I think of it more like supporting different types
of buses.  Looking at the list of ports, it doesn't seem like the processor
architecture is the primary gate for calling something a new port but the
OS-machine interface (i.e. bios, boot method, ...).  And the OS-machine
interface should the same for Xen whether it runs on i386 or amd64.

Christian Limpach <chris%pin.lu@localhost>

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