[ovirt-devel] how to call the SW part of instance type?

Lior Vernia lvernia at redhat.com
Sun Jun 1 22:26:34 UTC 2014

On 30/05/14 15:17, Tomas Jelinek wrote:
> Hey all,
> in the instance type feature [1] there are two parts, the "instance types" (HW part of the machine) and the "something not sure how to call" (which is basically a disk image with some SW related metadata like OS type). It is inspired by the Amazon's "Instance Type" + "AMI".

Since it's similar to the existing concept of image maybe the two can be
merged; e.g. the existing one could be extended, or another type of
image could be added (I think there are quite a few already).

If not, then how about "Payload"? "VM Payload"? I'm thinking of instance
type as a container, and this would be what goes inside the container.

> Currently, the handling of the HW part is merged upstream (some small parts missing but mostly there) but the software part is not. I'd like to start implementing it and wanted to ask the community how to call it. Normally it would be called "image", but since we already have images in oVirt it would be confusing.
> I see this options how to call it, please feel free to comment on them, vote for some or propose a new name (please keep in mind that the HW part is called "Instance Type").
> - Instance Image
> - Software Profile
> - OMI (oVirt Machine Image)
> - System Image
> - ITI (Instance Type Image)
> Thank you,
> Tomas
> [1]: http://www.ovirt.org/Features/Instance_Types
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