Xen hack-a-tron day 1

After coffee, breakfast and introductions the Xen hackathon went into full swing. 26 people from a different companies, universities and countries attended the event. Lots of discussion on project ideas, working on code and on specific problems took place.

Some of my personal highlights were:

  • Demo of the Linpicker display server for Xen based on the secure virtual platform
  • Working on the libxenlight driver for libvirt
  • Developing the SSL protocol in OCaml using the Mirage framework
  • Planning new features in libxl, such as block device scripts
  • Prototyping and planning the port XAPI to libxenlight

We also had unexpected outcomes, such as a the creation of new project ideas for GSoC. There was also discussion about a new Xen.org community driven project: more on this later; it is worth much more coverage than I can give today. And of course people were getting to know each other better.

After a hard day’s work, we are all looking forward to some food and beer at The Castle pub. A big thank you to Ian Campell who did most of the groundwork in terms of organizing the event. And of course there are two more days to go.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.