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first steps
These are done ignoring most of Alpines special features since I don't know enough about them
  • make very easy copy of installed alpine system
  • turn into domU by extracting fs content and kernel
  • fix all small quirks until it boots without any errors and has network
  • ensure it makes new ssh host keys on first boot

  • verify xen stuff is working:
    1. timer
    2. balloon
    3. eventchannels (shutdown, sysrq)
    4. cpu hotplug
    5. save / restore
    6. live migration
    7. REMUS (will not work due to kernel limitations, but keep in mind it should work in the year 2525)

  • test what breaks after upgrading
    1. running different kernel from host than is installed... will there still be modules
    2. what do the update scripts change?

try getting pygrub compatibility

compare against stacklet standard image
  • using the same boot device?
  • bootloader install yes/no?
  • fstab, console entries

That image can then be turned over for review / inclusion at stacklet.

go and work out alpine specials
ask users HOW the vm should behave - maybe it should just boot like a cd image and the user will run setup-alpine themselves?
or should it be a nicely deployed vm