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Subject: [Xen-devel] Xen at OLS
From: "Magenheimer, Dan (HP Labs Fort Collins)" <dan.magenheimer@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 08:16:42 -0700
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Thread-topic: Xen at OLS
Since many of us will be attending the Xen mini-summit at
the Ottawa Linux Symposium later this month, I thought it
might be good to start a discussion about "opportunities"
at OLS.  Many Xen developers are also Linux developers but
there are many who are not.  And there are far more Linux
developers than Xen developers.  And, for many of those Linux
developers, their primary exposure to virtualization
technologies is either vague press reports or, perhaps,
some limited knowledge of UML (user mode linux).

I had the following email exchange over the weekend (djm
is me, xxx is an OLS person who will remain nameless):

djm>> I like how all the virtualization topics are grouped together in
djm>> in one day and in the big room.
xxx> That was the goal, hopefully we can lock them all away until 
xxx> they agree to a single solution. :)

Though there is a smiley face, it's important for all us
Xen developers to recognize that the Linux community needs
to be educated about virtualization.  Like xxx, many don't
know or care about the differences between Xen and UML and VTx
and Virtual Iron and sHype.  Though many will attend some
of Friday's virtualization talks, many will not (there are
three simultaneous tracks) and many will attend one and
not all, thus missing a chance to compare and contrast
the different virtualization technologies.

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that OLS is an excellent
chance for educating the Linux community.  Let's all us
Xen developers attending OLS make a commitment to take time
with one or more Linux-but-not-Xen developers to explain
what virtualization is all about (and, of course, why
Xen is the best solution)!

Comments and feedback (and related topics) welcome!


P.S. My response to xxx was:

djm> Unlikely... that's like suggesting that a single filesystem
djm> is all that Linux needs so get rid of the rest. :-)

Comments on a better reply (for possible repartee at OLS) are
very welcome.

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