Dropping LXC backend from Ubuntu's libvirtd

Serge E. Hallyn serge at hallyn.com
Wed Dec 7 15:30:31 UTC 2016

On Wed, Dec 07, 2016 at 09:49:23AM +0100, Stéphane Graber wrote:
> Hey there,
> Ubuntu's libvirt currently ships with its own Linux Containers
> implementation (confusingly called libvirt-lxc).
> This code has nothing to do with upstream LXC, confuses users who expect
> that it does and is in general a much worse experience that the one we
> provide through LXD in Ubuntu.
> We'd rather not have to maintain that feature in main and given that
> libvirt backends can't be split into separate packages (at least
> trivially), we're now looking at turning libvirt-lxc altogether.
> Red Hat, who was the main driver for this particular driver has also dropped
> support for it back in March 2015[1] (in favor of Docker support).

In the interest of fairness, note that while rh dropped support, *libvirt*
did not.

Please make sure to seek input from the openstack types, as they would
probably be the most likely to be using libvirt-lxc.

> If you are a current user of libvirt-lxc, we'd be very interested to
> hear from you about your use case for it, especially about anything
> which libvirt-lxc is providing which you can't achieve with LXC/LXD.
> Thanks!
> [1] https://access.redhat.com/articles/1365153
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> Stéphane Graber
> Ubuntu developer
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