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Linux Foundation To Back Xen Virtualization

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Published on 15 April 2013 12:51 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
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While KVM is generally the de facto open-source Linux virtualization method, the Linux Foundation has announced today it will be backing the Xen virtualization project in the form of hosting it as a new collaborative project.

Xen has been around for one decade now and while it was popular in the pre-KVM days, these days the Kernel-based Virtual Machine is the preferred virtualization platform of Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and that of many other ISVs. Xen still has a lot corporate backing and interest and is supported as an alternative in most Linux distributions, with there being mainline Linux kernel support for Xen.

The Linux Foundation is going to continue backing KVM too, but they have decided to offer itself up as the new vendor-neutral home for Xen. Citrix has agreed. The foundation will provide the infrastructure, guidance, and a "collaborative network" to the open-source project.

The announcement comes this morning from the first day of the 2013 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco. There's news of this Xen becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project on LinuxFoundation.org and Citrix.com.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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