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... 

Thursday Apr 12, 2007

The other Red Hat

I have a bunch of Google alerts that Ive set to monitor news about our partners and the industry.  One that I have set is for "Red Hat," a key partner of ours in our x64 server business. While the majority of the articles in the alerts are indeed related to Red Hat the GNU/Linux vendor I get a few a week dealing with the other Red Hat. 

So some days the alert will look like this:

Red Hat Fourth Quarter Earnings Call
123Jump.com - Miami Beach,FL,USA
This summary is based on the fourth quarter fiscal 2007 earnings call conducted by Red Hat, Inc. (RHT: chart) on March 29, 2007. ...

Red Hat to make India services strategy hub
Economic Times - India
MUMBAI: A year and half after it bought out its Indian JV partner and set up a fully-owned subsidiary in the country, open source software leader Red Hat ...

Red Hat Honeys
Picayune Item - Picayune,MS,USA
PICAYUNE — Members of the Red Hat Honeys recently attended the musical “HATS!” at Harrah’s Casino. The trip was a complete success as the group not only ...

If your not familiar with the other Red Hat, its the Red Hat Society and as it explains on their web site "The Red Hat Society is a social organization where there is fun after fifty (and before) for women of all walks of life" and, like LUGs, there are chapters all across the U.S. and Canada. 

I dont mean to dish but I heard that there was a long drawn out battle over who had rights to the name, cease and desists flying back and forth.  Finally in the spirit of the iPhone settlement, they decided to peacefully co-exist. 

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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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