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This table contains a list of Xen resources for various Linux and Unix distributions.

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Distro Main website Description Resources
Arch Linux archlinux.org Arch Linux is a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to “keep it simple”.


Alpine Linux alpinelinux.org A security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on uClibc and Busybox.


CentOS 5 centos.org CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free.


CentOS 6 centos.org CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free.

CentOS 6.0 - 6.3 does not include Xen, but you can get Xen support from various sources. The following articles may be useful

CentOS 6.4+ does include Xen support and can be used as a dom0 and domU out-of-the-box

Xen packages in CentOS 6 and commercial support are also available from "Xen made easy!"


Debian debian.org The Debian project produces an entirely free operating system that empowers its users to be in control of the software running their computers.


Fedora fedoraproject.org Fedora is a RPM-based distribution with a 6-month release cycle, and is the community-supported base of RHEL releases.


FreeBSD freebsd.org FreeBSD® is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms.


Finnix finnix.org Finnix is a sysadmin utility Linux LiveCD, and includes out-of-the-box Xen guest support.


Gentoo Linux gentoo.org Gentoo Linux is a special flavor of Linux that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Extreme performance, configurability and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks of the Gentoo experience.


NetBSD netbsd.org NetBSD is a free, fast, secure, and highly portable Unix-like open source operating system.


Oracle Linux oracle.com Oracle Corporation distributes Oracle Linux the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Oracle states that the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is compatible with RHEL, Oracle middleware and 3rd-party RHEL-certified applications. Oracle Linux supports KVM, Xen and Oracle VM Server for x86, which is based on Xen.


openSuSE opensuse.org openSuSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.x redhat.com RHEL 5.x includes the Xen® 3.4 Hypervisor as well as a Xen-enabled kernel, and can be used as a dom0 and domU


Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.x redhat.com RHEL 6.x does not include the Xen® Hypervisor. But, a Dom0 capable kernel, Xen and libvirt packages for use with RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 and its derivatives are available from "Xen made easy!"


Ubuntu ubuntu.com Fast, secure and stylishly simple, the Ubuntu operating system is used by 20 million people worldwide every day.



Other References

Xen Man Pages contains links to various documents regarding guest configuration files and toolstacks which may be useful when installing a guest.

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