Dropping LXC backend from Ubuntu's libvirtd

Neal Gompa ngompa13 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 16:02:32 UTC 2016

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 3:49 AM, Stéphane Graber <stgraber at ubuntu.com> 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).
> 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

This is news to me, because in Fedora, we *do* ship the libvirt-lxc
driver as a separate subpackage[1], and we have for a very long time.
Also, libvirt definitely did not drop support for LXC, and it's still
offered in Fedora.

Red Hat has decided to drop it from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but that
doesn't mean that it's not still available and maintained.

[1]: http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=822727

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