Xen @ OSCON 2012

Rather than write a long report about what was new and exciting at OSCON this year, I will keep the event report short. Just one word: OSCON is mainly a conference for charities, companies, government and any organization that want to get an overview of what happened in open source to stay informed. This means its content covers a broad spectrum: from overviews to in-depth talks.

From my perspective, a few things were exciting at OSCON this year: Xen.org finally has a proper booth that we can re-use at events, we had a 3.5 hour Xen and XCP tutorial and we had community members involved in preparing and running our event presence.

At this point, it is really time to thank them in alphabetical order: George Dunlap (Citrix),  Josh West (One.com), Steven Maresca (Zentific LLC) and Patrick F. Wilbur (PFW Research LLC) who helped man the booth and promote our project and community. I also wanted to thank their parent organizations or employers who either allowed them to take time out to visit and a special thank you where vacation days had to be used.

The guys also organized our Xen tutorial: you can find the slides on our slideshare channel and the Xen Vimeo channel (Oscon 2012 : From Datacenter to the Cloud – Featuring Xen and XCP – part 1, 2, 3 & 4). The tutorial covered a wide range of topics from Xen with PXE boot, the Xen API in detail, how to build High Availability with XCP, DRDB and Pacemaker as a step-by-step tutorial and other cool topics.

What was interesting is how many people actually use Xen: we had so many people coming to the booth saying that they have used Xen for years and never had a problem with it, had VMs that have been running without break for years and Xen just does what it says on the tin. This means that we are on the right path: we need to continue adding great new features to Xen and XCP, talk about them, improve documentation and work with distros and upstream projects to make Xen more easily usable.

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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.