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Xen becomes a Linux Foundation project

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Tue Apr 16 2013, 14:17
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THE LINUX FOUNDATION has announced that the Xen Project will become a Collaborative Project with many companies including Amazon Web Services, AMD, Cisco, Google, Intel and Samsung to contribute resources.

The Xen Project has been producing a free, open source hypervisor for the best part of a decade and enjoys considerable popularity, though in recent years it has fallen out of favour with kernel virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor gaining popularity. Now the Linux Foundation has said that the Xen Project will become one of the foundation's Collaborative Projects with big name vendors providing resources.

Component vendors such as AMD, Calxeda, Intel and Samsung will contribute to the Xen Project with the sole purpose of making sure their hardware will work well with the Xen hypervisor. Imad Sousou, VP of Intel's Software and Services Group and GM of the Intel Open Source Technology Center said, "Intel strives to ensure that the Xen environment powered by Intel Architecture delivers exceptional performance, scalability, reliability, security, and power efficiency."

Firms such as Citrix have been contributing to the Xen Project for years and recently Citrix has done significant work to bring ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture support to the Hypervisor. Intel has also worked on improving support for its own VT extensions, much in the same way that it contributes to the Linux kernel so microarchitecture features in its Xeon processors are used by the kernel.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation said, "The Xen Project is an important open source community project that provides valuable technology to the entire Linux and open source ecosystem. It's a natural move for us to help nurture collaboration to advance this technology."

The Linux Foundation also supports the KVM project, however wrapping the Xen Project within the Linux Foundation's Collaborative Project framework should help get more industry partners and speed up development. µ


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