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InfoWorld: VMware and Xen Clash Over Linux Virtualization Patch

Aug 09, 2006, 13:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

"Things don't always go smoothly when you try to mix the world of open source with the world of proprietary commercial software. Sometimes those worlds collide. All too often, proprietary vendors are all too willing to ride roughshod over open source to further their own interests. And then again, sometimes it works the other way around.

"Case in point: the current hubbub over virtualization support in the Linux kernel. Virtual servers are all the rage, and the current technology darling in the Linux world is a project called Xen, an open source hypervisor that lets you run multiple instances of Linux on a single machine. Support for Xen is a much-touted feature of Novell's new Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10. But not every vendor is so bullish..."

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ex tempore: Xen and VMware, The Linux Kernel--The Press, The Politics, and The Facts

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Here we can read a VMware PR stunt, dated August 7, signed by someone posed as a Infoworld editor. Meanwhile, we can read a longish thread, started August 3, in the xen-devel mailing list where, guess what, people from VMware actively intervene, where real progress is beeing made, and consensus are being achieved..."

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