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Red Hat Officials: Not Feeling Xen

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The move to embed virtualization technology deep into the Linux kernel is stuck on the workbench.

Despite earlier optimistic predictions by Red Hat executives and others in the open-source community that the work would take just a couple of months, they now say that the technology is still "far from ready for inclusion in the kernel."

Virtualization, which allows IT managers to run multiple copies of Linux on a single server, is key to many enterprise consolidation strategies. The problem with bringing virtualization to the Linux kernel is that the code for the Xen Project-an open-source effort to create virtual machines-won't stand still.

"I am an eternal optimist, but I really did not appreciate how extensively and rapidly the Xen code changes," Brian Stevens, Red Hat's chief technology officer, told eWEEK at the March 14 launch of the company's Integrated Virtualization strategy in San Francisco.

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