[Skiboot] documentation terminology for OS

Daniel Axtens dja at axtens.net
Thu Aug 4 14:57:36 AEST 2016

Stewart Smith <stewart at linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:

> So, we have a bit of a mixture in what we call the OS... I've tried to
> standardise on "the host OS" to clearly differentiate from a guest
> (which to some at IBM, due to PHYP heritage was 'the OS'). I also kept
> away from 'hypervisor' as, well, you may not be using the OS as a
> hypervisor. Also, 'Linux' is inaccurate as it may not be linux, and that
> doesn't clarify between host and guest.
> Now, just for an extra spanner: https://github.com/open-power-host-os
> Which now makes the terminology "the host OS" ambiguous with "the Host OS".
> So, anyone have any ideas?
> I'm tempted to just say "the OS" and string replace everywhere while in
> grumpy maintainer mode.

The bare-metal OS? It's pretty icky, but at least it's unambiguous?

> -- 
> Stewart Smith
> OPAL Architect, IBM.
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