06.20.08

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Microsoft’s Hijack of Xen Implicitly Confirmed by Red Hat

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Kernel, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Virtualisation, Windows, Xen at 10:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Actions speak louder than words

Thanks to this headsup, we finally know that not only Ubuntu has steered away from the dependency on Microsoft’s partner Citrix. Red Hat is doing something similar now.

Ever since XenSource had been acquired we have repeatedly argued that it’s yet another example of Microsoft (plus ecosystem) 'stealing' free open source projects from GNU/Linux.

Here is an explanation of what Red Hat has just done.

Red Hat Takes Hypervisor Control Back From Citrix

Red Hat announced two important moves this week; open sourcing of Red Hat Network Satellite, and their own virtualization hypervisor oVirt. Open sourcing RHN Satellite is fundamentally about showing the industry Red Hat is still the keeper of the open source flame but the real strategic move is the development of oVirt. oVirt is built upon Kernel Virtual Mode, or KVM, which is virtualization built right into the Linux operating system, and has been maturing over the past two years. Until now Red Hat’s virtualization strategy has been built around open source Xen, much like other players such as Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

When Citrix took over Xen, it created a sticky situation for vendors depending on the Xen open source software for their virtualization strategies.

Considering the fact that GNU/Linux was neglected and Novell favoured after this acquisition, it’s not hard to see why Red Hat goes solo.

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3 Comments

  1. Ian said,

    June 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm

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    “When Citrix took over Xen, it created a sticky situation for vendors depending on the Xen open source software for their virtualization strategies. ”

    I don’t get it. Xen is an open source(specifically, GPLv2) project. Microsoft might be able to damage Xensource the company, but not the Xen project. As long as there is interest, either commercial or non commercial, Xen will continue to exist.

  2. sombrero-fedora said,

    June 21, 2008 at 3:12 am

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    Mr Schestowitz is not to be taken seriously. Just consider him the equivalent of a yellow press tabloid. Enjoy the sensationalism, but don’t confuse it with journalism of the based-on-facts-and-research kind.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 21, 2008 at 4:00 am

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    ‘sombrero-fedora’ (with fake E-mail address),

    Posted via anonymouse.org. Is that you, ‘eet’? Posting again using proxies and zombie PCs? You have already admitted to be using anonymouse.org.

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