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[Xen-devel] Any tips for a newbie Xen developer? How to understand basics and start contributing fast

  • To: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Ranjith Krishnan <pkranjithpk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:30:32 -0500
  • Delivery-date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:30:58 +0000
  • List-id: Xen developer discussion <xen-devel.lists.xen.org>


I am a graduate student at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and am interested in working on Xen, and contribute towards it.
I have background in C/C++ coding, and have taken courses in Operating Systems, Virtual Machines, Client-Server programming, Data structures etc.

I am just beginning to get Xen working on my system. Have a yum-install version working, but will be building xen from source so that I can look at the source code and figure out how things are working/implemented.

I got the book, "The definitive guide to the Xen hypervisor" mentioned in the wiki.

My questions are these.

1. Is my background enough to figure out basics of xen, and provide meaningful contributions to some components in the Xen hypervisor codebase ?

2. Are there any must read documentations on the xen wiki or xen.org page that will help me get upto speed quick ? I must say I am a bit overwhelmed since Xen is a considerable effort and there is a lot of documentation on the webpage.  There is a lot of new terminology that I am bombarded with (pvops, xend, xapi etc).

3. Are there any projects available to work on currently ?


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