The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Ideas discussion group provides a venue for sharing thoughts and use cases and will be used by the Red Hat engineering development groups.
“We welcome all of our customers and partners to participate in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Ideas group and collaborate with other users and Red Hat engineering to make the next version of our enterprise operating system better than ever,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat in a statement.
What do you think of this idea? Do you feel like it will be useful for you to have a way to give direct feedback on the next iteration of RHEL? What do you want to see in the next version?
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A major new feature in this release is its high availability (HA) capability. It is designed to allow no single point of failure –if a system crashes due to any reason, Eucalyptus 3 will immediately trigger a failover to a “hot spare” service that is running concurrently on a different physical machine. This information is then propagated internally to reflect the change while showing no signs of underlying failure to the external world.
“Implementing HA was the obvious next major evolution for Eucalyptus,” said Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos in a blog post. “Originally, our project to develop HA was intended for a few customers who were asking for it early on. But as we dove deeper into the topic, it turned out that a majority of our users needed this feature.”
Eucalyptus 3 also features enhancements to its resource access controls (RAC), which allow admins to tune user group management, perform in-depth cost tracking, and benefit from detailed visibility of cloud usage throughout an enterprise. RAC features include implementation support for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Identity and Access Management (IAM) API and new service-level management mechanisms. It can also automatically map identities from enterprise LDAP and Active Directory (AD) servers to Eucalyptus accounts, groups, and users. And it includes expanded account and resource reporting interfaces for integration with existing data center chargeback and billing systems.
Eucalyptus 3 also includes cloud storage resource and platform enhancements, such as: Boot from EBS, NetAPP and JBOD SAN drivers, and support for VMware 4.1, RHEL 6.0 and KVM.
The HA capabilities of Eucalyptus may be able to keep this open source option in a competitive position against other IaaS offerings. But, how much demand is out there? Does a HA mechanism make you consider implementing private cloud more than before? If you’ve implemented a private cloud, would you upgrade to Eucalyptus 3 because of this feature?]]>
Throughout the week, conference attendees have been regaled with stories, celebrating the milestones of Linux, from its inception, initial adoption, and growing community support while looking forward to eventual world-domination — perhaps just not on the desktop.
On Wednesday, three Linux gurus joined the stage with Linux Foundation President, Jim Zemlin to reminisce and share their wisdom about Linux’s future path. Each shared their story of their first interaction with Linux, from compiling the OS from a CD in 1993 to a late introduction in 1998 at a forum on high-performance computing. The individual anecdotes were interesting and humorous, with a lot of audience laughter and the recollection of dissenting voices who had predicted that Linux wasn’t viable.
Dan Frye, Vice President of open systems development at IBM, and Jon “Maddog” Hall, Executive Director at Linux International were optimistic about the future of Linux, while Eben Moglen, Director-Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center was a bit more guarded.
“The fun thing is what we understood early on is that Linux is an enabler of innovation,” said Frye. “As an enabler, you’re nowhere and everywhere,” explaining that Linux shows up in usual places such as Tivo and in-car entertainment and control systems as well as mainframes and supercomputers.
“The Web and Linux have changed civilization,” said Moglen. “Linux is the steel and coal of the 21st Century industrial revolution.” But, he warned, “Parties who have enough resources to spend the kind of money it would have taken to build Linux are acquiring the munitions to destroy it.” Oh downer! But before you get all scared about the future usability and stability of the operating system, let’s clarify that Linux has been through all of this before (remember a little thing called SCO?), and the community around Linux is bigger and stronger than ever.
Moglen railed against these efforts to unseat the innovation that Linux and open source provide the world, calling them a waste — of time, money, and energy that could be more productively spent doing something good.
Before you get too concerned about some lurking massive lawsuit that could bring down Linux, Zemlin assured me that there weren’t any specific efforts or lawsuits underway. He also stressed that this issue is not Linux-specific — it affects all software, open source or not.
As for any concrete predictions about the future of Linux, Zemlin joked that 2011 would be the year of the desktop. He’s said it at each LinuxCon so far, and maybe one day he’ll be right. Perhaps through opportunistic placement of Linux in educational facilities across the globe, such as the work that Userful Corporation discussed in their Wednesday afternoon session, Linux can one day infiltrate that Windows-dominated market.
The most quoted line from the conference concerning the future of Linux that appeared on Twitter was that of Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst who said that he didn’t know what was next for Linux.
In his morning keynote, he stressed the innovation that Linux enables as being the most important thing, and he made this statement: “Linux has gone from catching up to leading innovation.” And it’s true. The more I look around and see the technological changes that we have experienced in the last 20 years, Linux is involved in so many ways. It’s really incredible when you think about the power of the community to get so much accomplished in a way that makes so much technology accessible to so many people.]]>
More developers are now turning to Mac OS over Linux as their development platform, according to a recent survey. The Evans Data North American Development Survey, released earlier this month, showed Mac OS surpassing Linux as the primary software development environment in North America.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that Windows remains the most popular development platform, with more than 80% of the market, but the news that Linux has now lost its second place position to Mac OS is opening some eyes. Almost 8% of developers are now using Mac OS, with only 5.6% using Linux.
When you consider the explosion of Apple (driven forward by the success of its iPhone and iPad) over the past several years, this shift seemed almost inevitable.
Byron Wright, a developer who switched from Linux to Mac OS, said his choice was based on a variety of reasons, but notes the recent success of Apple products was a large factor.
“I think the major thing driving this change has been the rise of the mobile space. Developers are flocking here to take advantage of the iOS platform (iPad/iTouch/iPhone). In order to do development for iOS you have to own Apple hardware.”
There is no such requirement for Linux. In fact, Wright says, it is now just as easy to develop Android applications on the Mac OS as it is on Linux. He said it would be reasonable to expect Mac OS to grow as a development platform, but Apple still faces some challenges in its push to catch up with Microsoft.
“Apple’s biggest challenge right now is fighting off competition from Android, HP, Microsoft, RIM and Nokia, especially in the mobile space,” Wright says. “However, they’re doing a great job so far. The thing is, developers will go where ever the money is, and right now it’s great to be a mobile developer. I think we’d see a major shift if Google can marginalize Apple in the mobile space. I don’t see that happening for a long time, if at all.”]]>
“The current MySQL steward pulled out for 2011, leaving O’Reilly as the main risk taker. With a competing event on the East Coast at almost the same dates, the ecosystem was left with confusion on which event to participate in,” said Kaj Arnö, Executive Vice President of Products at SkySQL in a blog post.
The Independant Oracle User Group (IOUG) hosted Collaborate 11 in Orlando during the same week as the O’Reilly MySQL 2011 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., causing developers and user interest to be split between the coasts. Arnö noted that very few attendees managed to make both events.
A former MySQLer, Peter Zaitsev attended this year’s event in Santa Clara, and noted in his blog that it had become more of a “marketing channel and business event,” rather than a users conference. His dissatisfaction with this outcome spurred him to start a Google Group, OurSQL Conference, as a place for people interested in putting on a user-focused MySQL event in 2012 — sorry O’Reilly.]]>