This is software, after all, so bugs fixes and “room for improvement” are not surprises, but the part that did catch my eye was the part we have been writing incessantly about at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com since late last year: Xen.
Compared with VMware’s VI3 (VMware Infrastructure 3) and with the Xen-based Virtual Iron and XenEnterprise products we’ve reviewed, RHEL 5’s tools for creating and managing guest machines are pretty Spartan, and our experiences installing and running Windows Server 2003 and RHEL 5 guests contained more troubleshooting and Googling than we would have liked.
However, we expect that any company looking for a general-purpose Linux operating system with solid support and lots of hardware and software certifications would be rather pleased with RHEL 5.
Make no mistake about it, reviews of RHEL5 have been positive, and this Xen hiccup was an expected one, given the newness of the technology and the fact that Red Hat isn’t firing on all cylinders with it just yet. The question is how quickly RH can turn things around, especially with Novell having such a big head start.
Our sister site SearchServerVirtualization.com will surely be monitoring Xen’s overall progress, so make sure you check out what they’re doing over there. Keep your browser pointed here for everything else happening with Red Hat — including SearchEnterpriseLinux.com’s field trip to their Summit in San Diego next month.