I am pleased to announce the release of Xen 4.8.3. Xen Project Maintenance releases are released in line with our Maintenance Release Policy.
We recommend that all users of the 4.8 stable series update to the latest point release. The release is available from its git repository
xenbits.xenproject.org/gitweb/?p=xen.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/stable-4.8 (tag RELEASE-4.8.3)
or from the Xen Project download page
These releases contain many bug fixes and improvements. You can find a complete list of changes and the release notes on the download page.
Announcing the open-ovf project and source code availibility.
Hi folks, we are announcing the availibility of source code for the open-ovf project. OVF is a standard packaging format for virtual machines and software appliances. The open-ovf project is seeking contributors and users to help establish OVF as a transparent and platform-nuetral method for packaing virtual machine images.
We anticipate being able to deploy a single OVF package to either Xen or KVM. Eventually expanding that list to include VMware, Hyper-V, and other platforms. Getting to that point will require community contributions.
For a quick summary of OVF and the open source project, see the .pdf from the recent Xen summit located at: http://www.xen.org/files/xensummitboston08/open-ovf-proposal.pdf
The open-ovf project is hosted at sourceforge: http://open-ovf.wiki.sourceforge.net/
And source code is hosted in a git repository: http://gitorious.org/projects/open-ovf/repos
Scott Moser <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the project maintainer.
— Mike Day
IBM just announced they are spending $400 million to create two new data centers for cloud computing research. From the article:
“Using a slick combination of off-the-shelf, open-source virtualization technologies (Xen) and their own management (Tivoli), IBM could be well-positioned to open their resources more broadly…”