OWF: Xen Project - Moving a commercial open source project to an open source Foundation


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In April this year, Xen became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. 6 months later it is time to take stock. I will start with a brief introduction of the Xen Project, explain the key challenges the project had under Citrix' stewardship, explain why Xen moved to the Linux Foundation, explore the challenges and considerations when choosing an open source foundation and explore the impact on the Xen community to date. The talk will centre around the core question of whether open source foundations provide a better collaboration platform for open source projects than corporate stewardship. The answer - at least for the Xen project - is clearly yes. However, following this route has its own challenges, trade-offs and risks.

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OWF: Xen Project - Moving a commercial open source project to an open source Foundation

  1. 1. Lars Kurth Community Manger, Xen Project Chairman, Xen Project Advisory Board Director, Open Source, Citrix lars_kurth
  2. 2. Was a contributor to various projects Worked in parallel computing, tools, mobile and now virtualization Long history in change projects Community guy at Symbian Foundation Learned how NOT to do stuff Community guy for the Xen Project Working for Citrix Accountable to Xen Project Advisory Board Chairman of Xen Project Advisory Board
  3. 3. 0 50000 100000 150000 200000 250000 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 Projected Source: The 2013 Future of Open Source Survey Results More than 1 Projects Million Today
  4. 4. Late 90’s Today Individuals & Hobbyist's Still about Individuals But, a majority are employees Companies have a huge stake
  5. 5. Features How many users you have How many vendors back you How you are seen in the press … Different Management Disciplines
  6. 6. can help you succeed
  7. 7. Neutrality / Perception Support Infrastructure Expertise / Mentoring Vendor / People Network … BUT: You still need to do all the right things
  8. 8. Case Study
  9. 9. An Open Source Hypervisor > 10M Users Powering some of the biggest Clouds in Production Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Public Cloud, Terremark, … Several sub-projects Xen Hypervisor, XAPI management tools, Mirage OS Linux Foundation Collaborative Project Sponsored by Amazon Web Services, AMD, Bromium, Calxeda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung and Verizon 10 years old
  10. 10. In different areas
  11. 11. xenproject.org/help/presentations-and-videos/video/latest/linuxconna-xen-project-lessons-learned.html
  12. 12. 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Developer list traffic : Q3 2003 - now Focus on events for the existing community only Enough Papers Enough Talks Enough Communication By enough vendors Change of Guard Empty Promises
  13. 13. Project became an “invisible man” Belief that Xen is not open source Slowed the growth of the user base Perception: the project is “dead” Constant stories in the press that the project is dying First: Defiance – this is all “Fud” Then: Project started to believe this too
  14. 14. 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Developer list traffic : Q3 2003 - now Confidence Building Community Blog Events v2 Community spokespeople AR & PR Working Group
  15. 15. Project perception has changed dramatically Neutral to positive (example: eWeek “How Xen got its Zen back”) No more Xen bashing New influx of people to the project 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 2010 2011 2012 2013 (Q3) Talks / Events / Orgs
  16. 16. Two very successful Press Releases Powerful message (that is true, but was not told/heard before) Linux Foundation Expertise Press Releases and other LF channels Coaching and supporting of community members Xen Project Advisory Board : Marketing and PR Committee
  17. 17. Open source is more competitive than ever Projects need to excel in many disciplines its not just about the code OSS Foundations bring credibility, networks & expertise Joining a OSS can make a huge difference Different OSS Foundations have different strengths
  18. 18. Please rate the talk on slideshare or twitter www.slideshare.net/xen_com_mgr/
  19. 19. Flickr: “Messy Apartment” by Ryo Chijiiwa “The Ivory Tower” by Daniel Parks “Desert Road 9” by LabyrinthX “Cotton Plant” by Aileen “Giant Sequoia Trees” by Raj “Damselfly caught in sundew” by Mysserli Other Images: By Lars Kurth or acquired Xen Project: www.xenproject.org blog.xenproject.org wiki.xenproject.org lists.xenproject.org xenbits.xenproject.org @xen_org ##xen