Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Are there any Linux-distros with Xen "built-in" and ready to act as host for virtual-computer out-of-the-box? Alternatively, distros where you can easily select "Xen-host" as an install option? I'm after setting-up a Xen-host as easily as possible...

share|improve this question
you might have an easier time using KVM and just installing virt-manager – Bratchley Jun 15 '13 at 5:52

Any of these (although the full list is a bit out of date).

Linux Distributions which have a Xen Dom0 kernel

Distributions     Versions
Alpine Linux    2.4.x[2]
Debian  4.0 (Etch), 5.0 (Lenny), 6.0 (Squeeze)[1]
Fedora  15 (Lovelock)[3], 16 (Verne), 17 (Beefy Miracle)[1]
Linux Mint  13, 14 [4]
OpenSUSE    10.x, 11.x, 12.x
Oracle VM for x86 (OVS)     All versions
Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)  5.x
CentOS and other RHEL clones    5.x
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)     10.x, 11.x
Ubuntu  11.10[1], 12.04 LTS[1]
Xen Cloud Project (XCP)     All versions
XenServer   All versions

[1] Please note that this kernel requires Xen >= 4.0.
[2] See wiki for more info
[3] Dom0 kernel provided via this (unofficial) repository
[4] Based on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 resp. 
share|improve this answer

On Ubuntu (12.04) Xen is not installed by default. But after an installation it can be easily added by using:

sudo apt-get install xen-utils-common

with the ease nowadays of installing packages and the number of combinations of what is possible, it is kind of difficult to provide a seperate distribution for every combination of useful things beyond the basics. You can roll your own distribution of course that includes what you want.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.