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In case you missed the Novell keynote with Ron Hovsepian, here’s a quick recap in video form. The theme? Accelerating the progress of Linux in the enterprise. You can catch our extended reporting on Hovsepian’s four vehicles for Linux acceleration over at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com
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The grand SearchEnterpriseLinux.com video experiment continues… This time I play the straight man to SearchDataCenter.com Site Editor Matt Stansberry’s … well, you’ll see.
In this video Matt and I look at all the free junk we’ve accumulated this week at LinuxWorld. Some of it’s pretty cool, and the rest is what it is. I come off kind of bored I think, but believe me, I’m not. THIS is new media at its finest.
Fun fact: Matt and I saw Barry Bonds hit his homer last night live from a “Frank Sinatra” bar in downtown San Francisco. Not quite as cool as seeing it live, but then again we’re really not that cool to begin with.
There wasn’t as much clapping as I thought there’d be. What I mean is; is when a user stepped up to the microphone to grill Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian about Microsoft, the GPLv3 and those infamous “coupons,” there wasn’t the zealous explosion of applause that I had become accustomed to over the years.
There was some, to be sure, but the response was most definitely more subdued than I thought it would be when Hovsepian opened his keynote with the revelation that he’d be taking questions from the packed hall. In fact, I at first thought maybe he’d have donned various pieces of plate mail as he spoke at length about Linux’s rise to dominance in the data center. This never came to be, and the navy sport coat remained in place; apparently all this executive needed to deflect the four — yes four — questions from a room that held hundreds of sitting and standing Linux geeks.
Anyway, the Q&A…
Q -With so many distros, all with multiple interfaces and APIs specific to each distro, how will you get your first point about standardizing ISVs done?
Ron Hovsepian: That is our tech challenge; we need to leverage the bodies that exist already. We don’t need to create new ones, but we need to take advantage of what the Linux Standard Base has already created. Most of the parts are here but the earnest effort to work with ISVs to get them to standardize on what they are comfortable with remains.
Q – Are you talking to other stakeholders inside of the distro side of things, as well as components?
A- We are having real time conversations now with different partners, and obviously this will be a vendor neutral application driven by people in this room. It is a critical success factor for entire market
Q- You stated that Novell will ship GPL3? Then how will Novell support MS coupons and customer s with GPL3 software when Microsoft has explicitly said that they will not support or endorse GPL3? (pause for applause — Jack)
A – Fundamentally what this relationship is, is that as a customer goes to redeem certificates the customer calls up Novell and redeems, and then with that certificate we will give them the most current release we are shipping to the market — including GPLv3 code. What Microsoft feels is they are not a legal party to the contract. In its simplest form it is a coupon that customers redeem and we’ll deliver to them latest distro on the shelf at that time.
Q – What is the official Novell position on OpenDocument?
A – Life is a series of steps. Novell’s position is that we absolutely want the OpenDocument format (ODF). That is our primary sort key. We support the Open XML translator, and we will talk with whatever group we can get to get things done. We must separate the religious argument and take whatever steps we can take to get customers over to the ODF approach. We support ODF’ that is first sort criteria. We also support OpenXML translators to get you to ODF over time.
More to come!
LinuxWorld vendor news
Wind River Linux announced today that Palm has selected Wind River’s consumer devices Linux platform for Palm’s next gen Palm Foleo device. Palm touts that the Foleo should out-ship and out-sell both Treo smartphones and Pilot PDAs.
Wind River Linux also announced that high-end audio/video electronic control systems designer AMX will use Wind River Linux for its Modero Touch Panel “remote controls.” The designer selected Wind River after a ROI analysis concluding in a forecasted $2 million savings over building its own version of Linux.
I don’t know about you, but I think that someone at Wind River deserves a nice raise.
For more information, visit windriver.com.
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Today, EnterpriseDB announced general availability of EnterpriseDB Postgres, a professional-grade distribution of PostgreSQL database for Linux. EnterpriseDB also announced the Postgres Resource Center, an online community for enterprise application developers and DBAs.
Postgres Resource Center includes a forum, downloads, tech information and more.
Postgres includes SSL, pgCrypto (cryptography), libxml (XML support), TSearch2 (full text search), DBlink (database linking), pl/pgSQL, plTCL and pl/Perl, and ODBC and JDBC (database connectors). It also includes graphical administration and monitoring, replication, a geospatial information server and documentation, all in a one-click download.
You can see a live demo of Postgres in booth 1312 at LinuxWorld.
The executive summary for Netcraft’s latest Web server market share report says it all: “Microsoft’s recent gains raise the prospect that Windows may soon challenge Apache’s leadership position.”
Or does it?
The August Netcraft report, out on Monday, showed that the trends established over the past year concerning Apache Web server and Microsoft IIS have continued unabated. We reported on the trend last month in our article, Apache loses more ground in latest Netcraft report, and we found that things are not what they first seemed. Yes, Microsoft IIS is seeing an uptick, but the Apache decline is not entirely a result of that growth.
Mark Brewer, CEO of Covalent Technologies, an Apache support provider based in Walnut Creek, Calif., spoke with us for that article, and his analysis then still applies to the August report. Part of the decline can be blamed on Apache Tomcat, a Web container developed by the Apache Software Foundation, which also created the Apache Web server. According to Forrester Research Inc., 51% of enterprise-class production-level deployments run Tomcat. So, simple deduction: As Apache Tomcat increases, Apache Web server decreases.
“When doing a Netcraft lookup on Web sites that are known to be using Tomcat, [the search] frequently does not report as Apache,” Brewer told us during a visit to our offices in Needham, Mass. Examples include the JBoss site, the Sakai site and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s digital photo center Web site.
Additionally, Brewer said most Web sites that use Tomcat to serve up Web content via HTTP would show up in surveys as a “mod_jl.conf” entry — not Apache — and thus would not be counted as sites that use Apache servers.
Google’s “to blame” too. Netcraft originally classified Google servers as Apache machines, but earlier this year the firm began reclassifying these servers in their own unique category. The move affected Apache market share
But this isn’t the whole story. Even as Tomcat/Google cannibalizes Apache, IIS is seeing gains. Netcraft’s report says, “It’s worth noting that Apache has lost market share to another open source server, lighttpd (1.2% of all sites), and Google (4.4%) as well as Windows. But if Microsoft continues to gain share at its current pace, it could close the gap on Apache sometime in 2008.”
That’s a key point, because 2008 is when the new Microsoft Server is *supposed* to come out. We’ll be watching.
This morning Oracle-compatible database company EnterpriseDB announced the availability of GridSQL for its advanced server. According to the press release, the software enables OLAP apps to use clusters of commodity servers while appearing as a single database to the applications.
Using grid technology allows app developers to create new apps and run them as if they were on a single server.
EnterpriseDB will be demonstrating GridSQL for its advanced server at booth 1302 at LinuxWorld.
For more information, check out the EnterpriseDB Web site.
LinuxWorld vendor news
Lieberman Software’s Random Password Manager is now Linux-friendly. The security and systems management company announced today that in addition to Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT and UNIX, Random Password Manager will run on Red Hat Linux.
The software connects to all systems on the network via secure connection, randomizes root passwords and verifies that the passwords are working.
You can get a free trial version of Random Password Manager from Lieberman Software’s website at www.liebsoft.com/index.cfm/products?id=270 .
The eval will work for 30 days on up to 10 systems.
LinuxWorld vendor news
Movidis Inc. will announce several new energy efficient software packages for its Revolution x16 servers this coming Monday at the Next Generation Data Center Conference & Expo.
The new software releases include a full LAMP suite (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python), a Java Virtual Machine (a.k.a. JVM, which allows Web servers to run Java-based applications), lighttpd (used by Web sites for serving static Web pages with less memory and faster than Apache), Apache SSL (encryption without an accelerator card) and Webmin (a brower-based management user interface).
The software packages are available now and ship for free with the Revolution x16, which starts at $2995. Revolution x16s are available in 1U or 2U rack mount enclosures with up to 12 SATA or SAS drives (max of 12 Terabytes in a single 2U RAID system) and ship with Linux and popular applications pre-installed.
The server itself uses a 16-core, 64-bit processor and can execute ~20 billion instructions per second, partially due to the integrated silicon for accelerating computer-intensive functions. Then, Movidis selected applications that would improve performance, concluding in performance that’s “ten-to-fifteen times” better than Xeon-based servers with one-fifth the energy of a dual Xeon platform, according to a Movidis press release.
“Because it can deliver as much as fifteen times as many page views, the Revolution requires less than 98% of the amount of energy per page view,” Ken Goldsholl, Movidis CEO said in the press release.
How’s that for saving energy? Captain Planet would be proud.
More information available on Movidis and The Revolution at Movidis.com.