Update on the new Xen.org site

A few months ago we started developing the new Xen.org website. It’s time for an update! Most of the framework and look & feel are now in place. The main outstanding tasks are to migrate content, update the site content where updates are needed, to put the finishing touches on the new site and to handle migration tasks (such that links to existing articles will be redirected to the new site). This means that we should be able to launch the new site in July.

Major new features

Besides updating the content, the site will feature the following major new functionality:

  • User registration, including social functionality. You don’t have to register to make use of the site though!
  • A Question and Answer system similar to stackoverflow
  • A self-service directory for solutions (services, consulting, products, open source products and research papers) that are related to Xen hosted projects or make use of them
  • The xen.org blog will be integrated into the new site
  • A download system


We have totally reworked the navigation to simplify finding information that is relevant for specific users. The new site will have the following top-level menus:

  • HOME: this an aggregator for the blog, news and common tasks such as downloads or recently created questions in the Q&A system
  • SOFTWARE: this is an area for users of Xen, XCP and Xen.org projects hosted or people who just want to find out what Xen is and why it is relevant to them
  • PROJECTS: this is an area for developers of Xen hosted projects
  • COMMUNITY: this is a general community area, which points to resources that are valuable to the entire Xen community
  • ABOUT: this contains information about Xen, License, Trademarks and other information about the Xen site and its usage
  • There is also a page footer, which contains quick links to other commonly used resources

You can check the site on new-www.xen.org, but note that it is a work in progress and that many things will change. But you can already sign up and experiment. Your user data and other information will not be lost and be migrated to the site when it is fully live!

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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.