Enterprise Linux Log

December 14, 2010  1:50 PM

The Linux Foundation appoints Fellow, advances Linux software development

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

Yesterday, The Linux Foundation announced that it has appointed OpenEmbedded core developer and Yocto Project maintainer Richard Purdie as a Linux Foundation Fellow.The foundation’s Fellowship Fund financially backs resources that accelerate Linux software development and promote the adoption of Linux and open source software.

Purdie certainly fits the bill. As maintainer of the Yocto Project, he’s helped developers create custom Linux software regardless of hardware infrastructure. Recent experience has included his role as a core developer at OpenEmbedded, an embedded Linux architect at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center and a wealth of contributions to the Linux kernel. As a Fellow, Purdie will continue his work on the Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded and other embedded Linux projects while supporting The Linux Fellowship’s software initiatives.

Purdie joins a list of Linux Foundation Fellows that includes John Hawley and Linus Torvalds. Check out the full announcement of the appointment for more details.

November 30, 2010  5:51 PM

Red Hat to enhance PaaS cloud offering with Makara acquisition

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010, Red Hat announced they had acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for Java and PHP applications in the cloud. Red Hat labeled the acquisition as an addition to Red Hat’s Cloud Foundations portfolio, which it released in June 2010.

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:

  • Automatically scale applications up or down as the workload dictates.
  • Monitor performance for the complete stack, including the network, Web, application and database tiers.
  • And performing log management by aggregating persisting and making logs available for analysis regardless of the current size and state of the application run-time cluster.

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.

November 22, 2010  3:24 PM

Red Hat expands open source into the classroom

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

The release of RHEL 6 wasn’t the only big recent news to come out of the Red Hat camp – the open source leader announced that it’s bringing open source into the classroom.

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.

November 22, 2010  2:55 PM

Novell sells to Attachmate, but Microsoft gets some pieces too

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The long wait is over. Novell Inc., on the block for nearly a year after an unsolicited offer from Elliott Partners, is selling itself to Attachmate Corp, for about $2.2 billion in cash.

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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November 4, 2010  10:00 AM

Linux users excited about Fedora 14 features

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

The Fedora Project announced the release of Fedora 14, codenamed Laughlin, on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. A week later than originally scheduled, the release is packed with bleeding edge features that have Linux users pretty excited. You can download the live CD now.

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.

October 12, 2010  12:49 PM

The Linux Foundation survey results go against the grain for Linux migrations

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

Survey results announced today by The Linux Foundation show projected strong Linux growth among enterprise Linux end users, and surprisingly that more are ditching Windows than Unix for Linux.

In a survey on Linux adoption trends with results announced just this morning, The Linux Foundation mentioned that it was “surprised to find that migrations from Windows (36.6%) are surpassing the number of migrations from Unix (31.4%), even though this information runs counter to much of the data released in the market.” The data also contradicts SearchDataCenter.com’s 2009 Data Center Decisions survey results which show that many wouldn’t dump Windows for Linux.

While The Linux Foundation may be surprised about the high numbers for Windows to Linux migrations, one Linux user wasn’t.

“While it may be more politically correct to say that more companies are moving to Linux from Unix than other platforms, the reality is that more than any other platform, Windows users are moving to Linux in even greater numbers,” said Linux expert Ken Milberg in an e-mail. “This is simply because Unix is a more stable, robust, scalable and reliable platform than Windows, so it is logical (even though the migration path itself may be more difficult) that a greater number of Windows users would move to Linux than Unix.”

You might have to take other findings in the survey on Linux adoption, such as 76.4% of respondents planning on adding more Linux servers within the next 12 months, with a grain of salt – those surveyed include members from the Linux Foundation End User Council and aren’t exactly unbiased. The results, though, are nonetheless interesting for the Linux community. This is especially the case on some of the more granular survey questions, such as the main drives of moving to Linux: 67.5% claimed superior features to other platforms, and lower TCO and better security were high on the list as well. In regard to the recession, 58.6% said it had no effect on their use of Linux, citing a lower TCO as one of the main reasons cutbacks weren’t needed.

Regarding drawbacks, most of the Linux concerns stemmed from driver availability, OS interoperability and having enough Linux talent to support it. The latter falls in line with an article recently written by Senior News Writer Bridget Botelho detailing CIOs in dire need of talented Linux pros.

The survey was conducted among 1,948 Linux users, comprised of Linux Foundation End User Council members and other companies and government organizations selected by The Linux Foundation and Yeoman Technology Group. This was the first year that this particular survey was conducted. You can check out the full survey results here.

September 23, 2010  1:38 PM

Red Hat reports strong Q2 results

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

Just after market close yesterday, Red Hat announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2010, and results were profitable for the open source leader.

Total revenue for the quarter was $219.8 million, which was up 20% from the year ago quarter at $183.6 million, while subscription revenue for Q2 was up 19% to $186.2 from last year. Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst cited Red Hat’s cloud computing and virtualization efforts among the reasons for the solid growth for the company, including a private cloud management deal worth over $1 million. Whitehurst also looked at cross-selling of products, strong renewals and new project spending as reasons for the revenue increase.

You can check out the full earnings release with balance sheets and a full earnings report.

September 7, 2010  6:51 PM

Supreme irony: Google as open source champion

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It’s easy to paint Oracle as the villain in its legal scuffle with Google.

Just as the software giant–which built its fortune on pricey (dare I say proprietary?) databases–starts to deep-six OSS fan-favorite OpenSolaris, it also sued Google over  how it implemented Java in Android. That move was immediately blasted as interference with an open source icon.

Oracle’s timing was funky and it didn’t help that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison seems to relish playing Snidely Whiplash to some other vendor’s Nell. Remember him laughing off rumors that Oracle would buy Red Hat? Why do that, he asked, when we can download the software for free? Which, as The 451 analyst Jay Lyman points out, is pretty much what Oracle did with Oracle Unbreakable Linux.

But Google is hardly a paragon of open sourciness. For all its open-source projects–Chrome, Android et al.–Google’s core search business is still a big, super-secret black box.  Sure, it runs on Linux, but how much of that work filters back to “the community?”

So Google has been able to play the victim–something it can rarely do nowadays. And Oracle has not communicated very well that it is Google’s specific use of Java that it is targeting, not the community at large, said Lyman.  “Google is aware of and stands to gain from this positioning…to say that ‘hey, look, Oracle is attacking open source, when in reality, Oracle is squarely attacking Google,” he added. (Lyman has been following the shifting good guys/bad guys of OSS for some time.

The OSS community’s anxiety around Oracle’s treatment of the MySQL franchise comes into play here as well, although Lyman noted that Oracle has worked to expand and improve MySQL.

Michael Cizmar, president of MC+A, a Chicago VAR that works with the Google appliance, agreed that Google plays both sides of the OSS fence.

“They’ve contributed heavily to things like the Chrome project, which they initiated, and Android is an open source project…but they only contribute around things that are not core [to their main business],” he noted.

Thus, there is a feeling that Google has reaped more from open source, particularly Linux, than it has sewn. Still, Lyman and others point out that the fact that Google runs on Linux greatly enhances Linux’ standing among enterprise users. 

Ironically, Oracle also still leads with Linux in many cases. Its Exadata data center appliances run Linux–not OpenSolaris, not Solaris. So, in one key respect–proving that Linux is ready for prime-time, mission-critical applications like databases–Oracle and Google are in violent agreement.

Let us know what you think about this post; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at bdarrow@techtarget.com, or follow us on on Twitter.

August 12, 2010  9:40 PM

Hyper-V Linux Integration Services 2.1 a boost for heterogeneous environments

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

Announced recently, Microsoft’s Hyper-V Linux Integration Services v. 2.1 enables those using the Hyper-V virtualization platform to integrate it with Linux for support in that area – in essence, data centers with multiple operating systems deployed can take advantage of Hyper-V to provide support for all of the OSes. 


Some of the new features include drive support for synthetic devices; Heartbeat, a feature that allows the host to detect whether the guest is running/responsive; enhanced boot support; and a feature which allows Linux distributions to use up to four virtual processors per virtual machine. 

V 2.1 supports the following Linux distros: SUSE Linux 10 SP3, SUSE Linux 11, and RHEL versions 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5.  The above hyperlink will bring you to the download page for the software, which is available now.

July 21, 2010  1:42 PM

Ubuntu improves DB2 support with virtual appliance for cloud and validation in 10.04

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

As part of OSCON 2010 announcements, today Canonical has revealed that is has linked up one of the most stable databases, IBM’s DB2 Express-C, with Ubuntu cloud computing platform via a virtual appliance. Additionally, IBM has completed validation of the full version of DB2 software on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server edition.

“A virtual cloud appliance consisting of Ubuntu and DB2 Express-C will enable customers to quickly and easily set up DB2 in both public and private cloud situations,” said Neil Levine, VP of Commercial Services at Canonical.

DB2 has been validated on previous Ubuntu releases and DB2 Express-C has been available since Feisty Fawn (7.04), and Canonical began reselling DB2 Express-C in 2008. But the virtual cloud appliance is new, and is just one more example of Canonical’s cloud reach.

“Customers are quickly adopting DB2 software on Linux for both on-premise and cloud computing deployments,” said Robert S. Sutor, Vice President, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group. “The combination of Ubuntu and DB2 provides users with a highly integrated and tested virtual cloud appliance.”

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