Scott Crenshaw, Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat’s Cloud Business Unit explained that by combining JBoss Enterprise Middleware infrastructure with Makara’s Cloud Application Platform, Red Hat can offer a more comprehensive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution that quickly moves applications to public and private clouds with minimal modifications.
“Unlike other PaaS vendors, Red Hat PaaS is open and doesn’t lock developers in,” said Crenshaw. “Developers can use the programming model of their their choice, from Ruby to Spring, to JEE and more. And they use the cloud of their choice, applications can be put on any cloud, from private to public from many different vendors… Makara’s technology will accelerate and enhance Red Hat Cloud Foundations PaaS.”
“Makara makes it easy to provision and secure cloud resources whether public or private on board new or existing JBoss or LAMP applications with versioning, rollback, and rolling restart capabilities built right in,” said Isaac Roth, CEO and co-founder of Makara.
According to Roth, with Makara developers can:
Roth elaborated on the future of Makara on his blog: “We will continue to develop and offer Makara On-Demand for those choosing to deploy their applications to public clouds. We will also continue to evolve the Makara platform by adding more components to our supported software library.”
Crenshaw said that Red Hat will open up the Makara source code to the community going forward as well. To find out more about the open source shift for Makara, read Makara Cheif Technology Officer, Tobias Kunze Briseño’s blog post on the acqusition.
Red Hat plans to integrate Makara solutions into their PaaS offerings, but wouldn’t elaborate on when. Meanwhile, developers interested in testing out what Makara offers can register for a free trial to test drive the software.]]>
Red Hat is working with professors around the world in incorporating open source into higher education computer science coursework and programs. Its sponsorship of POSSE (Professors’ Open Source Summer Experience) workshops is driving the initiative. The march to getting students educated in FOSS is especially urgent with the need for graduates with the right open source skills expected to rise over the coming years.
POSSE launched in July 2009 as a week-long workshop for professors interested in getting their students involved in the FOSS community as part of coursework. It has also been instrumental in getting disciplines outside of computer science exposed to open source. For instance, a POSSE workshop at Rochester Institute of Technology introduced FOSS to journalism professors. The expansion of gaining interest in FOSS through the program into formal open source collegiate coursework is only expected to further cement the need for open source as an educational tool to usher in the next generation of IT.
What do you think of Red Hat’s plans to bring open source into collegiate coursework? Is open source the future of computer science? What other projects should get involved? Sound off @LinuxTT on Twitter. You can also read the full Red Hat announcement right here.]]>
Attachmate is primarily known for its mainframe connectivity and terminal emulation software as well as NetIQ, Windows systems management software acquired in 2006.
Other, unnamed, IP assets will be sold to a consortium including Microsoft Corp. Novell and Microsoft have agreements in place to ease SUSE Linux and Windows interoperability. That deal is worth $450 million.
Attachmate will pay $6.10 per share or about $2.2 billion in cash, about a 28% premium over Novell’s price on March 2, 2010, the last trading day before Elliott Partners announced its unsolicited bid to buy Novell.
The concurrent sale of “certain intellectual property assets” to CPTN Holdings LLC, is also on deck. CPTN Holdings is a consortium including Microsoft and other “technology companies.” This deal is worth $450 million in cash, Novell said.
Things had been so quiet around Novell recently, that company watchers suspected a deal was in the works.
Early reaction among Linux shops has been surprise at the name of the acquiring party. Speculation had run rampant both inside and outside of Novell that VMware was a top contender. Told that Attachmate was buying Novell, one long-time Linux user yelled: “WHO?”
Barbara Darrow is senior news director of the SearchDataCenter/Virtualization group at TechTarget.
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Virtual desktop, remote administration and cloud features
I put out a request for feedback on Twitter, and Dan, a Linux user, responded that he hadn’t tried Fedora 14 yet, “but after reading the article about virtualization and cloud stuff built into it, I want to try it.”
For virtual desktop users, the Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environment (SPICE) is included, bringing “thin client” computing to life. SPICE can be used to connect to remote or local QEMU virtual machine instances, and handles 2D graphics acceleration, audio, and video streaming. A 64-bit software environment is recommended for the host, but the client can be either x86 or x86-64. The inclusion of SPICE is a good preview of desktop virtualization capabilities coming in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2.
For those interested in test-driving the features of Fedora 14, it is available on Amazon’s EC2. Until now, the most recent version of Fedora on EC2 was version 8.
Remote administration is enhanced with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) via ipmiutil. For servers containing hardware with IPMI support, remotely management and administration is made easier with ipmiutil’s capabilities, which include features like Serial-over-LAN and identity LED manipulation.
JPEG handling, system admin, and developer features
Fedora 14 also features libjpegturbo, which offers significant time-savings for users when working with jpeg files. The developers say that the library “practically halves processing time on most systems,” and even older hardware users will see a boost.
For system admins a tech preview of systemd, a replacement for a Upstart and System V init, is included.
For developers, the GNU debugger, GDB is included and has been made more efficient by automatically generating the indexes it needs in advance in the debuginfo packages. Python 2.7 is included with increased efficiency in modules, some of which are now feature complete with their Python 3.1 equivalents. For Perl devs, Rakudo Star, a Parrot virtual-machine-based implementation of Perl 6 is included. Also, the D programming language is available.
Fedora 14 ships with GNOME 2.32, a transitional GNOME release. KDE 4.5, released in August, is also available in Fedora 14 with a new notification system and preliminary support for tiling in the KWin window manager.
Ron McCarty, founder and Director of Professional Services at Your Net Guard, shared his interest in OpenSCAP and Varnish Web caching server support.
A complete list of the features included in Fedora 14 shows that I’ve only shared the highlights here. We’d like to hear what your favorite features are, please leave your comments below.
For a first-hand look into Fedora 14, you can read Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols review from ITworld, which gives a good idea of the release and reports some minor problems.]]>