Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fedora 16 Virtualization Test Day!

As you may know, Fedora 16 will have full Xen support for Dom0 and DomU in it. Fedora is planning a number of test days as part of their release cycle, including a Virtualization Test on September 15th this year, which is tomorrow.

We are calling our community members to participate in the test day tomorrow: certainly many of us here at the Xen Hackathon in Munich are planning to do so. As always every extra volunteer who wants to help is very welcome.

Information about the virtualization test day can be found here. We will have some people hanging out on IRC at #fedora-test-day and you can also get in touch with us via the usual channels.

Xen wins InfoWorld’s 2011 BOSSIE Award

Congratulations to the Xen.org community for winning the 2011 BOSSIE Award in the Data Center and Cloud Software category. BOSSIE Awards are given to the best open source software in several categories. The first BOSSIE Awards were announced in September 2007 and the awards are adjudged by the Infoworld editors and reviewers. Xen has won the BOSSIE Award in the Hypervisor and Server Virtualization category in 2007, 2008 and 2009. It is great to have won again this year!

Let me quote what InfoWorld says about Xen:

The open source world offers two terrific hypervisors in KVM and Xen. KVM has had the advantage of residing natively in the Linux kernel, eliminating the need for mods or patches and reaping the benefits of the underlying Linux APIs. As a result, KVM took the Bossie last year. But that was then, and this is now.

In May of this year, Xen joined KVM in the Linux mainline. Now all of the code necessary to run Linux as the Xen management OS and as a paravirtualized Xen guest is part of the Linux kernel itself. The milestone puts Xen on an equal footing with KVM in terms of keeping pace with changes to Linux. It also represents a significant achievement of the Xen team and earns our Bossie.

Of course there’s still work to be done. Managing Xen can daunting enough to send you in search of a commercial tool such as Citrix’s XenServer. But thanks to Xen’s early foothold in server virtualization, you’ll find a good ecosystem of tools to help with provisioning, monitoring, and security.

Thanks for all the good work, and keep at it! I am particularly excited about projects such as project Kronos, which should make a big difference to users of Xen.

Xen.org site Changes, Wiki & Docs Squad

As I mentioned last week, I started to make some changes to the Xen.org web site and associated sites. The most significant changes are

  • The News menu now goes directly to the blog (I will rename the menu later this week), whereas the news feed which was on that page has been moved to the home page.
  • There is a new section of the bottom of each page, which links to various community resources. This is just a first cut and I am looking for input as to what you want. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  • I created a governance section from the approved project governance proposal in preparation for refactoring the Products section of the site into a Project section that contains all developers need.

Changes have only been made to the xen.org site and none of the other sites. This means that there will be a slight mismatch in look and feel between different sites, which I will fix when the changes have settled. There may also be some breakages: please let me know and bear with us, if this is the case,

Making site changes at the Hackathon

I will spend some time at next week’s Hackathon to discuss with whoever has an opinion how to best change the Information Architecture and will start making changes while I am there. My thinking is that the top level navigation should be tailored to Developers (aka the project section), Users and Companies. There is a strong case for keeping a freshed Community section. This work serves as preparation for more significant changes to the Xen.org infrastructre, such as replacing the servers and building a new platform on top of which Xen.org will be run. Much of this is still in the planning stage, but I will be looking for volunteers to help test and influence the design.

Wiki & Docs Squad

My top prioritiy is to fix the wiki. The plan of record is to create a new Wiki based on Mediwiki and to migrate the content that is up-to-date to the new wiki instance and keep the old instance as Read Only. Given that most Wiki content is written by volunteers, a volunteer program – how about the Docs Squad – to identify useful and important pages would be the way to go. This wasn’t actually my idea, but was suggested by a few members of our community who care about the wiki and are annoyed by its current state. The way how I envisage this is to have regular IRC sessions where the Docs Squad gets together on IRC, discusses which pages are important and coordinates migrates the pages. To make sure we can get started quickly, I am signing up volunteers right now. Get in touch.