Transforming XenServer Into a Proper Open-Source Project

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Transforming XenServer Into a Proper Open-Source Project

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XenServer is an open-source, enterprise-class, Linux-based distribution of Xen and the Xapi virtualization management stack, both sub-projects of the Xen Project. We will describe XenServer's transition from proprietary product to open-source project. Although Xen, Xapi, and other components of XenServer have been open-source for some time the system "glue" has remained proprietary and it has not been practical for non-Citrix developers to contribute system-level functionality. In June 2013 this was fixed by fully open-sourcing XenServer on xenserver.org.

This presentation will be of interest to developers, architects, and administrators of cloud and general virtualization infrastructures. We will describe architectural changes being made to XenServer, such as greater use of libvirt, qemu and other open-source projects, as well as changes around packaging, deployment and configuration.

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