At LinuxCon North America, held September 16-18 in New Orleans, community manager Lars Kurth presented a case study that showed how the 10-year-old Xen project regained community support with the help of better project management. Granted, Xen also became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project in April 2013, but Kurth explained how support for the project dwindled over the years because it lacked a few things that make community participation possible. If your project needs to gain traction in the open source community, lessons learned in the Xen project might be just the ticket.
Xen is an open source hypervisor with more than 10 million users, and it powers big-name clouds, including Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Public Cloud. Xen started as a research project at the University of Cambridge in 2003. In 2007, Citrix bought XenSource, Inc., which supported the project. Now Citrix supports the free, open source Xen software, and also sells enterprise versions.
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