Thursday Apr 19, 2007

A Jolt of Caffeine for Ubuntu 7.04

As I mentioned in my last entry, back in November Sun and Canonical announced that GlassFish would be included in the next Ubuntu release.  Well today's the day.  Ubuntu 7.04 nee "Feisty Fawn" is out and not only is GlassFish v1 included in the Ubuntu Multiverse but so are NetBeans 5.5, JDK 6 and Java DB 10.2 -- the whole Java stack in one location.   A big plus for developers looking to harness Java with minimal hassles. (Check out the details)

Getting to Today:  The effort to package these puppys for inclusion turned out to be no small feat.  Sun is new to the packaging game and there is quite steep learning curve.   Thanks to a lot of  late nights and a few weekends Tom Marble and  Harpreet Singh, with a bunch of help and advice from the Canonical crew and Sun legal,  got it done.  (Ironically, Canonical will be coming out to Sun's Menlo Park campus in a couple of weeks to put on a technical workshop explaining, among other things, how to package for Ubuntu.)

Getting to Tomorrow:  In general the distro model with its modular packages is where Sun needs to get to.  We need this so that we can get more of our software into GNU/Linux distros and we need this for our own Solaris.  The monolithic-wad model that we've been employing works fine for our more traditional customer but isnt the right approach for the growth (or as Sun calls it "Red Shift") market.  The hyper growth market needs to be able to rapidly include and assemble components and functionality themselves.  This requires packaging and package management.  I know that Ian's been talking about this as has Greg P.  I would love to see us packaging more of our software for inclusion in Ubuntu as well as other distros.

But thats, a huge toast to the Ubuntu community for delivering another great release (right on time!) and to Tom, Harpreet and the Canonical crew for making sure that it was fully caffeinated!

P.S. In honor of this red-letter day we have created special commemorative mints and gum.


Pau for now...


Tuesday Apr 17, 2007

A month of Releases

Its Spring and Linux releases are blooming like flowers.

RHEL 5 -- The season actually kicked off the last week of Winter with the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on March 14.  Originally  targeted for the '06 Christmas season, this release features integrated Xen virtualization support similar to what Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 delivered last summer. 

Debian 4.0 -- Several weeks later, and after a 21 month development cycle, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 was the next release to debut.  Debian 4.0, code named "Etch," was also meant to arrive in time to make it under the holiday tree but instead endured a long and winding road to release including the creation of a Dunc-Tank.  Dunc ['"Development Under Numismatic Control" -- which could equally be called "coin-operated coding"']  was put in place to make sure that Debian hit their December 4 release date.  Needless to say, they didn't.  Who knows when or if 4.0 would have been released without Dunc tank but one things for sure, it did cause a whole bunch of ruckus within the Debian community.  

CentOS 5 -- Most recently, near the end of last week, CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) released CentOS 5, a release which bears an uncanny resemblance to RHEL5. Actually its billed as being a "100% compatible " rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and is based on the upstream release 5 including both server and client packages.

Ubuntu 7.04 -- Which brings us to the present and the eve of the eve of the release of Ubuntu's until-now-known "Feisty Faun."   Feisty, which will be released Thursday under the humorless moniker of Ubuntu 7.04, will include performance improvements, improved availability of network services, secure remote network services, UltraSparc improvements (Yea!), updated LAMP stack, updated cluster suites and virtualization.   More importantly on Thursday you'll get to see if we made good on our promise made back in November to include Glassfish (the free and open source Java EE 5 implementation) in the next Ubuntu release. 

Tune in Thursday to see if the Faun comes out caffeinated. :)


Pau for now... 


I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.


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