Xen To Become Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

Apr 19, 2013

The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

The open source Xen virtualization platform, which is designed for cloud computing, has been under development for more than a decade. And, according to the announcement, the project is looking to The Linux Foundation to be “a neutral forum for providing guidance and facilitating a collaborative network.”

According to Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin’s post on Linux.com, “Xen usage continues to grow and today the project is being deployed in public IaaS environments by some of the world’s largest companies.”  Zemlin said, “Also about a year ago, the Xen Project’s former host, Citrix, started focusing on formalizing Xen’s governance practices and simultaneously looking for a vendor-neutral home where it could continue to flourish.”  In its own statement, Citrix reiterated its commitment to the project and to advancing the technology for Xen Project-based products, including its own Citrix XenServer.

As founding members of the Collaborative Project, the following companies will contribute to and guide the Xen Project: Amazon Web Services, AMD, Bromium, Calxeda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, Oracle, Samsung and Verizon. The Xen virtualization platform is licensed under the GPLv2 with a governance structure that is similar to the Linux kernel. For more information about the Xen Project, visit: http://www.xenproject.org.

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