Hoping to spur future development of its open-source Xen hypervisor, Citrix announced this week that it has donated its code to the Linux Foundation.

As a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, Xen has been renamed Xen Project and will received support infrastructure and guidance from the non-profit organization.

Citrix, which made the announcement Monday at the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, hopes Xen development will benefit through the input of a wider and more diverse group of contributors.

Companies such as Amazon Web Services, CA Technologies, AMD, Cisco, Google, Intel, Samsung, and Oracle have also pledged to support the Xen Project.


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Recently, Citrix also donated it CloudStack code to the Apache Foundation.

Xen is one of the x86 server-based hypervisors in wide use today such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine.

The software, created some 10 years ago, now has more than 10 million users.

The Linux Foundation has been expanding beyond its primary role of providing support to the further development and maintenance of the Linux operating system kernel. The foundation has started supporting the OpenDaylight , a multi-vendor collaborative effort to build a library of tools to enable software defined networking.

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