[libvirt] [PATCH v2] Provide a useful README file

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Tue May 16 12:29:58 UTC 2017

The current README file contents has almost no useful info, and that
which does exist is very outdated.

Signed-off-by: Daniel P. Berrange <berrange at redhat.com>

In v2:

 - Use markdown syntax
 - Use README.md file
 - Symlink README to README.md
 - Include travis build status

 README    | 14 +----------
 README.md | 79 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 80 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)
 mode change 100644 => 120000 README
 create mode 100644 README.md

diff --git a/README b/README
deleted file mode 100644
index 3d5167d..0000000
--- a/README
+++ /dev/null
@@ -1,13 +0,0 @@
-         LibVirt : simple API for virtualization
-  Libvirt is a C toolkit to interact with the virtualization capabilities
-of recent versions of Linux (and other OSes). It is free software
-available under the GNU Lesser General Public License. Virtualization of
-the Linux Operating System means the ability to run multiple instances of
-Operating Systems concurrently on a single hardware system where the basic
-resources are driven by a Linux instance. The library aim at providing
-long term stable C API initially for the Xen paravirtualization but
-should be able to integrate other virtualization mechanisms if needed.
-Daniel Veillard <veillard at redhat.com>
diff --git a/README b/README
new file mode 120000
index 0000000..42061c0
--- /dev/null
+++ b/README
@@ -0,0 +1 @@
\ No newline at end of file
diff --git a/README.md b/README.md
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..c2bd2f8
--- /dev/null
+++ b/README.md
@@ -0,0 +1,79 @@
+[![Build Status](https://travis-ci.org/libvirt/libvirt.svg)](https://travis-ci.org/libvirt/libvirt)
+Libvirt API for virtualization
+Libvirt provides a portable, long term stable C API for managing the
+virtualization technologies provided by many operating systems. It
+includes support for QEMU, KVM, Xen, LXC, BHyve, Virtuozzo, VMWare
+vCenter and ESX, VMWare Desktop, Hyper-V, VirtualBox and PowerHyp.
+For some of these hypervisors, it provides a stateful management
+daemon runs on the virtualization host allowing access to the API
+both by non-privileged local users and remote users.
+Layered packages provide bindings of the Libvirt C API into other
+languages including Python, Perl, Php, Go, Java, OCaml, as well as
+mappings into object systems such as GObject, CIM and SNMP.
+Further information about the libvirt project can be found on the
+*  <https://libvirt.org>
+The libvirt C API is distributed under the terms of GNU Lesser General
+Public License, version 2.1 (or later). Some parts of the code that are
+not part of the C library, may have the more restricted GNU General
+Public License, version 2.1 (or later). See the files COPYING.LESSER
+and COPYING for full license terms & conditions.
+Libvirt uses the GNU Autotools build system, so in general can be built
+and installed with the normal commands. For example, to build in a manner
+that is suitable for installing as root, use:
+# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
+# make
+# sudo make install
+While to build & install as an unprivileged user
+# ./configure --prefix=$HOME/usr
+#  make
+#  make install
+The libvirt code relies on a large number of 3rd party libraries. These will
+be detected during execution of the configure script and a summary printed
+which lists any missing (optional) dependancies.
+The libvirt project welcomes contributors from all. For most components
+the best way to contributor is to send patches to the primary development
+mailing list, using the 'git send-email' command. Further guidance on this
+can be found in the HACKING file, or the project website
+* <https://libvirt.org/contribute.html>
+The libvirt project has two primary mailing lists:
+ * libvir-list at redhat.com (**for development**)
+ * libvirt-users at redhat.com (**for users**)
+Further details on contacting the project are available on the website
+* <https://libvirt.org/contact.html>

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