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Xen Delivers on Open Source Enlightenment

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| On Tuesday, Citrix Systems released a technology preview of Project Kensho as
| open source software under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL). It is
| available as a free download on the Citrix Developer Network.


Unicon's Education IT Consulting Group Collaborates with Johns Hopkins
University Staff for uPortal 3 Upgrade

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| Unicon, Inc., the leading provider of open source enterprise portals,
| applications, and top end technology consulting for higher education, today
| announced the completion of a collaborative project with the IT staff at
| Johns Hopkins University for their upgrade to the latest uPortal 3 open
| source enterprise portal. As part of the upgrade process, Johns Hopkins
| University also contracted with Unicon to develop numerous uPortal 3 feature
| enhancements. Johns Hopkins went live with the uPortal 3 upgrade in August
| 2008 and contributed the newly developed enhancements back to the open source
| community.



Xen.org Delivers Version 3.3 of the Xen Hypervisor

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| Xen.org, which is behind the open source Xen virtualization project, is out
| with its new Xen 3.3 engine. You can download it now, and grab a PDF
| datasheet as well. Xen 3.3 is faster and more scalable than previous
| versions, and has better graphics capabilities. It targets more types of
| chipsets--from supercomputing to handheld chipsets. Yes that's right,
| handhelds. The new Xen is smaller than ever. What else is under the hood?


Citrix, Virtual Iron Duke It Out

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| A war of words has erupted between two bitter opponents in the Xen open
| source-based hypervisor (define) market. Citrix, which owns XenSource and
| drives the Xen project, has insulted arch-rival Virtual Iron, saying, among
| other things, that it owns the hypervisor while Virtual Iron just consumes
| the product.
| This fired up Virtual Iron's chief strategy officer Tony Asaro, who slapped
| back by saying Citrix chief technology officer Simon Crosby is out of line
| because Virtual Iron has been a substantial contributor to the Xen project
| and Xen belongs to the open source community.
| A fuming Asaro told InternetNews.com "the dangerous thing Simon said is that
| Citrix owns the hypervisor. That's wrong; Citrix bought Xen and sells the
| Citrix commercial product and are the drivers or owners of the open source
| project, but it's the community that works on open source."
| Crosby's "irresponsible statement about the open source community is counter
| to the philosophy of open source which he's the biggest proponent of," Asaro
| added.


KVM and Xen cofounders engage in war of words

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| Maybe, but Pratt was responding to his KVM’s competitors’ claims that Xen’s
| days are numbered because of KVM’s tight integration with the Linux kernel.


Citrix opens Xen for business, still Linux shy

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| 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.


Ubuntu picks KVM over Xen for virtualization

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| KVM will be built into Ubuntu's next version, called Hardy Heron and due in
| April. "For the Hardy Heron release, we've really picked up the
| virtualization ball. Virtualization is making its way into data centers and
| onto developer workstations everywhere. Even 'regular' users are using it to
| run Ubuntu on Mac OS X all the time," Hansen said. "Virtualization has been
| on our agenda for a long time, but it became a top priority at UDS (Ubuntu
| Developer Summit) in November. We could see that demand for it was growing."



Citrix strays far from XenSource’s original open source mission

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| “Citrix is not a virtualization company,” said Phil Montgomery, Senior
| Director of Citrix’s Virtualization and Management Division. “We’re not
| trying to be another VMware. Citrix is an application delivery software
| company.”
| In spite of that new positioning, XenSource is — or was — a virtualization
| company. But the competitive equation is now Microsoft + Citrix versus
| VMware, Montgomery told ZDNet last night.


Citrix strips XenSource of virtualization, open source...everything

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| Citrix either got completely snowed in the acquisition or, much more likely,
| it's getting pressure from its bosom-buddy, Microsoft. What it's not getting
| is much value for its $500 million.


Microsoft, Citrix grow alliance

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| Microsoft Corp. and Citrix Systems said they have expanded their alliance to
| deliver and market joint virtualization products with Windows Server 2008.


Citrix Systems Tops Estimates

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| Citrix completed the acquisition of open source virtualization developer
| XenSource about halfway through the quarter. It added $2 million to Citrix
| revenue. XenSource is expected to generate $50 million in revenue for 2008
| and about $50 million to $60 million in expenses.
| For 2009, XenSource is expected to contribute $200 million to the top line.
| The bulk of that will come from its server products, CEO Mark Templeton said.
| XenSource desktop virtualization products will initially be used in corporate
| pilot programs.
| "We think we can build in the server virtualization market the same kind of
| symbiotic relationship with Microsoft (MSFT - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr)
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| that we had with [the Citrix] Presentation Server," which works atop Windows
| Server, Templeton said. "We'll be the third player in server virtualization"
| after VMware (VMW - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) and partner Microsoft.


Microsoft targets VMware with new strategy

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| Citrix is developing a software tool that helps Microsoft's Hyper-V
| virtualization feature in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 to work more
| easily with Citrix's XenServer product.
| [...]
| Microsoft has acquired a start-up company called Calista Technologies and
| expanded its alliance with Citrix Systems, targeting VMware's early lead in
| virtualization technology.


Microsoft Pushes Virtualization

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| Microsoft announced that it competed acquisituion of Calista Technologies, a
| San Jose, Calif.-based start-up that makes computer graphics for virtualized
| computers, and an expanded partnership with Citrix Systems *(nasdaq: CTXS -
| news *- *people ), a VMware competitor based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
| Microsoft and Citrix will jointly market services that "virtualize"
| computers, operating systems and applications.
| Microsoft's shot across the bow at VMware is inevitable as companies
| throughout industry shift to Web-based services. "Microsoft needs to get
| something into the market quickly," says Roger Kay, president of technology
| research firm Endpoint Technologies Associate. "Windows Office has 10 years
| to burn, but it will become less relevant."
| [...]
| A Microsoft-Citrix combination could present formidable competition to
| VMware, he suggests. Buying Citrix, however, would be a significant deal: The
| company has a market capitalization of $6.4 billion.


For Citrix, Target Acquired

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| You said earlier this year that Citrix is an "admirer" of Microsoft for its
| innovation, Adobe for its strong brand and Apple for its easy-to-use
| products. After watching your swift acquisition pace and the kind of
| companies you target for acquisition, I would argue Citrix is patterned more
| after Cisco Systems. Do you think that's a reasonable argument?
| You are thinking of the acquisition point of view instead of the comments I
| made. Those were about role models. Cisco has not been a role model for our
| acquisitions. They are a fabulous company. We love Cisco. When I talk about
| Microsoft, Adobe and Apple, they are role models for the things I cited.
| I happen to be a huge believer in role models. It's pragmatic: If someone
| does something really well, study it and translate that into your own
| business. I think it applies to companies and people. The way you better
| yourself is to find someone you want to be like and try to be like them. That
| impacts the way we work at Citrix.


Ballmer: Microsoft Will Buy Open-Source Companies

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| "We will do some buying of companies that are built around open-source
| products," Ballmer said during an onstage interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in
| San Francisco.


Is Microsoft Hijacking Open Source?

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| What really worries me is what looks like an emerging pattern in Microsoft's
| behaviour. The EU agreement is perhaps the first fruit of this, but I predict
| it will not be the last. What is happening is that Microsoft is effectively
| being allowed to define the meaning of “open source” as it wishes, not as
| everyone else understands the term. For example, in the pledge quoted above,
| an open source project is “not commercially distributed by its
| participants” - and this is a distinction also made by Kroes and her FAQ.
| In this context, the recent approval of two Microsoft licences as
| officially “open source” is only going to make things worse. Although I felt
| this was the right decision – to have ad hoc rules just because it's
| Microsoft would damage the open source process - I also believe it's going to
| prove a problem. After all, it means that Microsoft can rightfully point to
| its OSI-approved licences as proof that open source and Microsoft no longer
| stand in opposition to each other. This alone is likely to perplex people who
| thought they understood what open source meant.
| [...]
| What we are seeing here are a series of major assaults on different but
| related fields – open source, open file formats and open standards. All are
| directed to one goal: the hijacking of the very concept of openness. If we
| are to stop this inner corrosion, we must point out whenever we see wilful
| misuse and lazy misunderstandings of the term, and we must strive to make the
| real state of affairs quite clear. If we don't, then core concepts like “open
| source” will be massaged, kneaded and pummelled into uselessness.


Will Microsoft Buy the New Citrix?

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| VMware, holding some 85 percent of the market, with its VI3 technologies
| offers a fully integrated stack and represents a third generation of
| virtualization technology, while Viridian and Xen-based products, including
| SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, XenEnterprise
| and Virtual Iron, remain second-generation products, the report stated.


Heady Days for Virtual Systems

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| The former Microsoft general manager is
| now vice president of XenSource, a Palo Alto, Calif., virtualization
| company with a growing outpost in Redmond, Wash.


What the XenSource deal says about open source

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| This is what Citrix is paying for. That and a close relationship with
| Microsoft that looks likely to get closer. “We will be building dynamic
| virtualization services and management tools on top of Viridian,” Levine
| added. “We will build the same set of products we’ve built on top of Xen for
| Viridian. We’ve already hired a team to go do that up in Redmond.”
| While Citrix maintained it will continue support for the Xen project, this
| deal is not about a proprietary vendor getting open source religion. It's
| about grabbing an emerging player in a rapidly expanding sector of the
| market.

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