Xen running NetBSD and three Linux distributions
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British computer scientist.

- Ian Pratt (computer scientist)

The virtualization technology that led to XenDesktop was first developed in 2000 through an open-source hypervisor research project led by Ian Pratt at the University of Cambridge called Xen Project for x86.

- Citrix Virtual Desktops
Xen running NetBSD and three Linux distributions

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Xen running NetBSD and three Linux distributions

Xen

Type-1 hypervisor, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently.

Type-1 hypervisor, providing services that allow multiple computer operating systems to execute on the same computer hardware concurrently.

Xen running NetBSD and three Linux distributions
Xen running NetBSD and three Linux distributions

Xen originated as a research project at the University of Cambridge led by Ian Pratt, a senior lecturer in the Computer Laboratory, and his PhD student Keir Fraser.

Citrix also used the Xen brand itself for some proprietary products unrelated to Xen, including XenApp and XenDesktop.