Monthly Archives: July 2009 Developer Interview Series – II

Welcome to a new feature in the community – developer video interviews!

The second video in the series  is a 5 minute interview with Ian Jackson. (75 MB) Video Embedded: Ian Jackson Developer Interview July 17, 2009 from xencom_mgr on Vimeo.

Please send me any developers you are interested in having me interview.

Xen Summit Asia 2009 – Never Too Early to Plan

Xen Summit Asia 2009 is being hosted by Intel in Shanghai, China this year and it is never too early to think about attending.


The event is scheduled for Nov 19-20, 2009 and the expected costs are as follows:

  • International Attendee – $175 US
  • Chinese National Attendee – $0 US

We are planning to have a shuttle bus available daily from the  Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel for the 1 hour commute to the Intel R&D facility.

Also, I just booked my airline tickets yesterday and got round trip from Orlando, FL to Shanghai for $985 US. This is a good price from the East Coast of the US and I expect that many of you on the West Coast of the US might find good prices as well if you start looking soon.

So, consider coming to Xen Summit Asia this year and remember to book early to save on travel costs. Wiki Home Page Updated

Xen Community:

Over the past few months, I have received several comments about updating the home page of the Wiki to be more user friendly. I have completed a first pass at doing just this which is available for your review at

The new home page is based on a Q&A format and I have created a new home page for all the developer content, which retains its original feel. I will be updating the Developer Home Page next once I get more feedback on the new home page for the entire Wiki.

Xen Tutorial (Free Slides)

Were you unable to make it to any of the Xen training sessions so far?  You could attend one of the next Xen training sessions; however, if you are also unable to attend the upcoming sessions, you are still in luck.

The instructors of the recent Xen training sessions, featured at several conferences around the United States, have posted their slides online for the benefit of the Xen community.  These slides, both viewable and downloadable online, are being provided free for use, sharing, and adaptation by you or your organization, and are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.

The slides may be freely viewed and downloaded here:

The most recent version of these slides were authored by Zach Shepherd and Wenjin Hu, derived from the original slides by Todd Deshane and Patrick F. Wilbur.  They largely reference the Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization book, so you might also want to check that out if you prefer a book format for learning about the Xen open-source hypervisor.

(These slides are being hosted by the Clarkson Open Source Institute, where they supersede the now famous 2005 “Installing Xen” how-to that was originally located at the above URL.)

Poll: KVM or Xen? Express yourself

Please check out the “KVM or Xen” poll linked below.

Created by Kris Buytaert – long-time open source consultant,  co-author of the book “Virtualization with Xen,” and writer at – this poll asks about your platform of choice while planning for the future: follow Red Hat to KVM or stick with Xen?

If you have strong opinions, by all means leave a comment.

New MoinMoin Wiki Development Project

Xen Community:

I have started a new project to port the existing Wiki from the current version to 1.8.4. As part of the port, I will be moving the platform to a 64-bit Debian Lenny machine.

Here are the steps for this project:

  1. Install MoinMoin 1.8.4 on the Virtual Machine
  2. Port the existing data to the new installation
  3. Snapshot of VM and port to Citrix hosting facilities  for final deployment

I am currently in step 1 and if you have some Apache experience I could use your help. Please contact me if you have 10 or 15 minutes available to help finish the installation.

Thanks to Thomas Morgan from Zerigo for supplying the Debian VM.