Xen at Silicon Valley Linux User Group

Stefano Stabellini, one ouf our Xen maintainers will talk about Xen Support in the Linux Kernel: Upstreaming Efforts and New Developments at the Augst  SVLUG meeting. The SVLUG meeting is held in Mountain View, Aug 3 from 7-9 PM at the Symantec Offices. See you there!


Xen reuses many externals of open source projects, Qemu and Linux in particular. During the first years of existence, Xen accumulated a large number of changes to these external projects, but then struggled to upstream them. In the last couple of years, the Xen community has been removing dependencies on downstream modifications, and establish better relationships with other open source communities. What is the current status of Xen in relation with other free software projects?

At the same time, Xen development proceeded at a fast pace, and several new features were introduced; this talk will go through one in particular: PV on HVM support in the Linux kernel. Traditionally, Linux has always run on Xen either as a pure PV guest or as a virtualization- unaware guest in an HVM domain. Under the name “PV on HVM”, work has been done to make Linux aware that is running on Xen, and enable as many PV interfaces as possible, even when running in an HVM container.

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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.