XCP is Dead; Long Live XenServer!
Last year was a momentous year for all things related to the Xen Project.Â 2013 saw Xen Project become a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.Â It also saw the separate XenServer project become Open Source under the auspices of Citrix Systems.Â And, as a result of that, the need for XCP — the free (as in “free beer”) version of XenServer — dissolved.Â Since XenServer is now Open Source and available to all, XCP is superfluous.
Now, historically, the Xen Project Wiki has hosted the XCP pages.Â But given the major shifts of the past year, coupled with the fact that XCP is not part of Xen Project but XenServer, the hosting situation has now changed.Â From now on, the archive of XCP pages will reside on the XenServer Wiki.
Where Can I Find the XCP Pages?
You can find the XCP archive on the XenServer Wiki under the XCP category:
Why Did We Need to Migrate the Pages at All?Â Why Not Just Leave Them As Is?
As part of the migration of Xen Project to the Linux Foundation, it is necessary to clearly delineate which things belong to the Xen Project as opposed to things which belong to other parties.Â XCP is not part of Xen Project and it does not belong to Linux Foundation.Â Therefore, it should not reside on Xen Project websites.Â It makes perfect sense for XCP to be hosted by XenServer.org, since it always has been part of the XenServer effort.
Why Migrate Pages at All?Â If XCP is Obsolete, Why Not Just Delete the Pages?
Just because XCP is obsolete, it doesn’t mean it is not used.Â There are still many, many XCP users in the world, and they deserve access to documentation.Â Eventually, they may become XenServer users and when that happens, the XenServer project can determine what to do with their Wiki pages.Â But that is not the case now, so a transition is necessary.
So What Happens to All the External Sites Which Link to XCP Pages on Wiki.XenProject.org?
The original XCP pages are in process of being replaced with links to the new pages on Wiki.XenServer.org.Â Most links are already in place, and the few stragglers should be handled in the next few weeks.Â There is a temporary archive of the XCP pages on Wiki.XenProject.org which will be removed at the end of the process once all the pages have been linked and verified.
Why Do I Still See XCP Downloads on www.XenProject.org?
We are coordinating with the XenServer.org folks to make sure that the XCP downloads remain available during the time of transition.Â Once the XCP downloads are available from XenServer.org, the downloads will disappear from www.XenProject.org.
What Happens If I Discover an XCP Wiki Page Which Does Not Exist on XenServer.org?
Contact me at russell (dot) pavlicek (at) XenProject.org and send me the link.Â I will coordinate with the XenServer.org team to see that the page is migrated.