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Xen Community Participation

By April 29, 2009March 7th, 2019Announcements, Releases, User Story

When it comes to open source communities, most people think of contributing via software development,  product testing, and online support. While all these areas are critically important to the community, there are other ways that people can contribute.  In this blog post, I would like to list some ideas for people looking to add value to the community:

  • Documentation – There is always a need for better documentation (especially in multiple languages) . There is an ongoing document project at; we are always looking for areas to work on and people to assist in writing the documents
  • Wiki – The current wiki – is available in English, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and French. We always need more languages or additional translation for these languages. Wiki Translation page is
  • Event Speakers – The community always benefits from people presenting at various events around the world about the Xen Hypervisor and the community. Slides are available in English and Spanish to assist in building a presentation.  (Would like to have other languages available as well). Please post on the blog or let me know what events you are speaking at.
  • User Groups – Start your own user group! Both Brazil and Italy have groups and I am looking to further expand our global community.
  • Champions Group – A group of community members interested in sharing ideas and supporting all marketing efforts associated with the community and Xen hypervisor. More details at
  • Specific Language Mailing Lists – We currently have a Xen community mailing list for Japanese speakers – – and can easily setup another language if necessary.
  • Event Participation – Both Xen Summits and Xen Directions events require community support in reviewing and selecting topics for the final agenda; Xen Summit/Directions Program Committee.  All community members are encouraged to participate in a Program Committee
  • Case Studies – Help find or write a Xen case study; showing the user community the value of the open source Xen hypervisor is of great value to the project’s success. Current case studies at
  • Blog, Blog, Blog – The community has an open blog for anyone wanting to publish at If you wish to become an author, contact me for full rights. I also have a Blogroll on the page and will add any Xen related blog – just contact me.
  • Twitter, Twitter, Twitter – I have started to post related information as xen_com_mgr and have over 200 followers including several people who are also posting info such as XenHypervisor, XceptN, timbury, diegomarino. If you are on twitter, please let me know so I can follow you.
  • Social Networks -  I am currently aware of  Xen related groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, Ohloh, Xing, & Plaxo. You can find links to all these groups at Take some time to answer questions on these groups or post information about Xen.  If you are running another group or aware of another network, please let me know.

Of course, this is just a list of possible ways that you can contribute to the community beyond the standard develop, test, and support. If you have other ideas please add comments or send me an email. I look forward to the continuing success of Xen and the community.