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Re: Thinking about "branes" for netbsd...

> The goal of branes is to support network virtualisation.  One aspect
> of network virtualisation is the ability for the kernel to support
> multiple routing tables as a result.


But, by choosing a design that has that sort of isolation wired into
it, you end up ensuring that they cannot be used for anything else,
rather than creating a general-purpose mechanism which can, among other
things, be used for virtualization.

As the Jaron File notes (see the entry for `uninteresting'), there is a
strong tendency towards general-purpose tools which solve the original
problem as a special case.  I'd much prefer to see this done that way
(though, admittedly, that constitutes armchair quarterbacking).

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