How about an OpenVZ CentOS Variant?
I've used RHEL, CentOS and Fedora for many years... and as many of you already know... back in January, CentOS became a sponsored project of Red Hat. For the upcoming CentOS 7 release they are going beyond just the normal release that is an as-perfect-as-possible clone of RHEL. They have this concept of variants... where Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are formed around making special purpose builds of CentOS... spins or remixs if you will. I don't know a lot about it yet but I think I have the basic concept correct.
Looking at the numbers on http://stats.openvz.org/ I see:
Top host distros ------------------- CentOS 56,725 Scientific 2,471 RHEL 869 Debian 576 Fedora 111 Ubuntu 82 Gentoo 54 openSUS 18 ALT Linux 10 Sabayon 6
Top 10 CT distros ------------------- centos 245,468 debian 106,350 ubuntu 83,197 OR 8,354 gentoo 7,017 pagoda 4,024 scientific 3,604 fedora 3,173 seedunlimited 1,965
Although reporting is optional, the popularity of CentOS as both an OpenVZ host and an OpenVZ container surely has to do with the fact that the two stable branches of the OpenVZ kernel are derived from RHEL kernels.
Wouldn't be nice if there were a CentOS variant that has the OpenVZ kernel and utils pre-installed? I think so.
While I have made CentOS remixes in the past just for my own personal use... I have not had any official engagement with the CentOS community. I was curious if there were some OpenVZ users out there who are already affiliated with the CentOS Project and who might want to get together in an effort to start a SIG and ultimately an OpenVZ CentOS 7 variant. Anyone? I guess if not, I could make a personal goal of building a CentOS and/or Scientific Linux 6-based remix that includes OpenVZ... as well as working on it after RHEL7 and clones are released... and after such time the OpenVZ Project has released a stable branch based on the RHEL7 kernel.
I will acknowledge up front that some of the top CentOS devs / contributors have historically been fairly nasty to OpenVZ users on the #centos IRC channel. They generally did not want to help someone using a CentOS system running under an OpenVZ kernel... but then again... their reputation is for being obnoxious to many groups of people. :) I don't think we should let that stop us.
Comments, feedback, questions?
Update: Wow, looking here, they already have OpenVZ listed as being of interest in their Virtualization SIG.