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1<%page expression_filter="h"/>
2<%inherit file="skeleton.mako" />
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4<%def name="title()">
5Intro
6</%def>
7
8<h1>XVM &mdash; Virtual Servers for MIT </h1>
9
10<p><strong>xvm.mit.edu</strong> is a virtualization service for the
11MIT community.  We offer <strong>virtual machines</strong>&mdash;your
12own complete system on which you can start from our <strong>three-minute
13Debian or Ubuntu install</strong> or install the <strong>operating
14system of your choice</strong>.  The service is <strong>free</strong>
15to any Athena account holder.</p>
16
17<p>MIT users:</p>
18<blockquote><big><a
19href="https://${config.web.hostname}/"><strong><font color="green">&rarr;</font> Log in to XVM now</strong>
20</a></big></blockquote>
21<p>You'll need an <a href="http://ca.mit.edu/">MIT personal
22certificate</a>.</p>
23
24<h2>XVM features:</h2>
25<ul>
26<li>Online management of virtual machines</li>
27<li>A wide selection of bootable CD-ROM images and installers</li>
28<li>An automated Debian and Ubuntu installer</li>
29<li>Secure VNC console access via a Java applet</li>
30<li>Secure serial console access over SSH</li>
31<li>Ownership and access control through Athena lockers and groups</li>
32</ul>
33
34<h2>XVM does not feature:</h2>
35<ul>
36<li>backups of VM disk images; images are on a RAID, but you should
37    arrange your own backups for data that is important to you.</li>
38<li>guarantees of uptime or security; we are a best-effort volunteer
39    service, though we follow security and reliability best practices
40    shared by production SIPB services.</li>
41</ul>
42
43<p>The XVM code base is a <strong>free software</strong> project under
44development, licensed under GPLv2+. If you're interested in using it,
45we'd be happy to help you set it up in your environment. Our Subversion
46repository is</p> <blockquote><a
47href="https://xvm.mit.edu:1111/">https://xvm.mit.edu:1111/</a></blockquote>
48
49<p>xvm.mit.edu is provided by <a href="http://sipb.mit.edu/">SIPB</a>,
50the student computing group at MIT, with generous funding from <a
51href="http://web.mit.edu/ist/">IS&amp;T</a>.  Like all SIPB projects, we
52are independently run by our own team of volunteers, and we welcome new
53contributors.</p>
54
55<p>Questions and feedback welcome at <a
56href="mailto:xvm@mit.edu">xvm@mit.edu</a>.</p>
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