Feature #104

Bring back lx brand

Added by Albert Lee almost 10 years ago. Updated about 3 years ago.

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With the the putback of 6959264 EOF lx brand (commit:4c5722bc28dc) implementing PSARC/2010/169, support for the lx brand was dropped from OpenSolaris.

Linux ABI compatibility, while incomplete, was a highly useful feature for providing access to specific applications, for development, and of course, as a migration aid.

The branded zones framework still remains, and reviving the brand does not require extensive code changes outside of the modular portion and should have limited impact for non-BrandZ users.



Updated by Albert Lee about 8 years ago

  • Difficulty set to Medium
  • Tags set to needs-triage

For reference, is a reversal of the backout, with correct copyright attribution (copyright notice updates are preserved). This can be used as a starting point for work.


Updated by Albert Lee about 8 years ago

  • Category set to zones
  • Difficulty changed from Medium to Hard

Updated by Jim Klimov almost 8 years ago

As recently pointed on the mailing list, there is a blog with diff-files and explanation of these updates which return support to oi151a (rev f342d051b376); it may likely be compatible with more modern revisions:


Updated by Garrett D'Amore over 6 years ago

The availability of kvm (thanks Joyent!) makes this feature pretty much entirely pointless. I see no real value in pursuing it, nor do I think it will occur. Perhaps we should flag this one "Rejected" -- as in there is approximately zero chance that we'll ever integrate this work.


Updated by Garrett D'Amore over 6 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Rejected

Rejecting it. If someone objects, lets talk about it.


Updated by Jim Klimov over 4 years ago

Will the "rejected" status be revised, now that there is some work over the past year being done by SmartOS folks and by David Mackay - and hopefully some of that can get RTI'd sooner or later?

In particular, I gather KVM support is of little help when e.g. the illumos-based OS itself is a VM, as in my use-case of a development laptop being a corporate workhorse which must have Windows as the bare-metal system in order to have certificate-protected Ethernet (oh, and it can also see the USB3 ports and pass them to the OI VirtualBox guest).


Updated by Albert Lee over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Rejected to New

I think so.


Updated by Aurélien Larcher about 4 years ago

This is definitely of interest, people keep asking me about the availability of lx brand on OpenIndiana.
Integration in illumos would be a plus.


Updated by Nikola M. about 4 years ago

Openindiana also have kvm working that alp recently updated for OI /hipster.
Bringing lx brand from SmartOS to OI can also be project like that.
If people keep asking, they might as well make it so if there is a project for it.


Updated by Aurélien Larcher about 4 years ago

Oh, I knew that Dan was working on it but not that he had a webrev in place.


Updated by Andreas Grüninger about 3 years ago

danmcd published in how to integrate LX zones from illumos-joyent into OmniOS. Maybe this helps to get the integration into illumos.

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