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Citrix Confirms Its Masters Are in Redmond, Xen for Linux is Passe (Updated)

Live and learn. What we have said all along (and from the very start in fact) continues to turn into reality. Microsoft hijacked XenSource (and Xen) by proxy. It's repulsively anti-competitive, but all one can do here is learn in order to prevent recurrence. From this news article:

Xen may have become the de facto virtualization platform for Linux, but, ironically, don't expect to see Citrix applications running natively on Linux any time soon.

"It's market driven and we never got the uptake on Linux," Willis said. "Our focus for XenApp (formerly Presentation Server) is as a Windows application which we recommend customers run on bare metal for performance reasons."

Willis said Citrix has partnered with Microsoft to develop Linux extensions for its Hyper-V platform.


Yes, that's how Microsoft intends to beat 'evil' VMWare. It wants to just buy VMWare's competitors, then leverage a Windows monopoly.

“Like XenSource, Microsoft along its ecosystem will have Novell used against other competitors like Red Hat and Canonical.”Ubuntu recently moved to KVM by the way, proving that it's good not to have all eggs in a single basket.

Amid these events recall our somewhat prophetic post: Choosing Novell for Your Business is Like Choosing XenSoft (sic)

Boycott Novell. Things will change for Novell as time goes by and it's not just because of Mono. Like XenSource, Microsoft along its ecosystem will have Novell used against other competitors like Red Hat and Canonical.

Update: see this response from Katherine Egbert. For a change, this time she may be right.

Shares of infrastructure technology developer Citrix Systems Inc. fell Tuesday after an analyst cut estimates on a virtualization software product, citing a delay in revenue recognition, among other factors.

The stock lost 81 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $33.48 in midday trading.

Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert lowered her outlook on the XenSource line, saying it should take longer than initially expected to recognize revenue for original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and that an agreement with IBM will likely not come until later this year.

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