I’ve been trying to switch my workstation to use Xen. I’ve enountered a few issues so far. Probably these will go away as I learn the system.
Overall, my greatest gripe is the documentation. It is outdated and just plain wrong far too often. For instance, there’s a place where it says to run “make ARCH=xen xconfig”, but the Xen kernel patches don’t (any more, at least) provide a xen arch.
The next gripe is the very weird kernel build system. Xen doesn’t ship a diff against a kernel tree. They instead ship whole files to extract atop a particular kernel version. Annoying and unwieldy. There is a command to generate a diff, but you have to download the full kernel tree first.
A couple of other gripes: There is little documentation on memory management (can Xen adjust the RAM usage of running VMs?), on 64-bit systems (can you run a 32-bit kernel under a 64-bit hypervisor? how about a 64-bit kernel that supports 32-bit userspace?)
I’m also having trouble with my forcedeth card locking up under Xen.
However, I’ve heard of lots of people having good luck with it so I’m going to keep trying.
But one would think that basic docs could be actually worked on a bit more.