Novell Accuses Red Hat of Flip-Flopping on Xen

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Novell insists that Xen is just fine for the enterprise and that Red Hat thought so too until recently. (Linux-Watch)

A virtual war is brewing between Red Hat and Novell on how ready Xen is for business use. In the latest development, Novell Chief Technology Officer Jeff Jaffe has accused Red Hat of flip-flopping in its support for the popular Linux virtualization software.

Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens recently accused Novell of "being cavalier [with Xen]. We know what we need to be enterprise-ready and we already have a checklist of everything we need for that. They [Novell] have decided it's more important to be first. That's fine and maybe makes sense for them," he said.

Novell has an entirely different take on the matter.

Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe said of Red Hat's accusations: "Red Hat has adopted the John Kerry approach to virtualization: constant flip-flopping. Let's not forget that until recently Red Hat not only supported Xen, they wanted it to be part of Linux."

In October 2005, Stevens had said that part of the Red Hat emerging technology team's efforts would be to implement Xen virtualization as part of the Linux kernel, rather than as part of a sidebar project.

Xen technology lets users run multiple operating systems as guest virtual machines on the same hardware, allowing for the better utilization of resources.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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