Enterprise Linux Log

Mar 2 2007   1:14PM GMT

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 — not quite dead yet!

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With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the looming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 this month, it’s easy to forget that work still continues on version 4.0.

That work includes adding some low-level Xen functionality to RHEL 4.5, which Red Hat announced this week with a public beta. It’s just a taste, but executives said the move was meant to help users make the transition to 5.0 in the future (RHEL5′s huge selling point is that it has Xen paravirtualization baked in).

But are there mixed messages coming from the world’s leading commercial Linux vendor? Also this week, Red Hat endorsed Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) while at the same time saying this hot new virtualization technology is a year away from being where Xen is today. Covering all their bases or covering too many? Regardless, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com has a few articles in the hopper regarding KVM and the Linux kernel. Stay tuned.

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