Friday Oct 25, 2013

Friday Spotlight - October 25, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our spotlight this week is on a really cool technical tip on the Oracle Technology Network from Yuli Vasiliev called "How to Launch Linux Utilities from Oracle Database". From Yuli's introduction:

"By wrapping a Linux utility in a script and using an external database table's preprocessor directive, you can launch the utility from within Oracle Database and have the utility's output be inserted into the external table. This allows you to do things such as query operating system data and then join it with data in Oracle Database."

Head on over to OTN to read the full article.

-Chris

Thursday Oct 24, 2013

The October 2013 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Out!

The October 2013 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is here! This issue is absolutely packed with information. Some highlights:

  • Information on the "Why Choose Oracle Linux for Your Oracle Database 12c Deployments?" webcast coming up on October 30.
  • Now Available: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 3
  • Oracle Linux Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2013
  • Oracle Linux Now Available on Microsoft Azure
  • Faster Downloads of Oracle Linux Updates

Plus, videos, white papers, customer spotlights, information on training, and much more! You can sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox automatically, or you can read this edition online right now.

-Chris 

Monday Oct 21, 2013

Announcing Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux

We are excited to announce the general availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major supported release of its heavily tested and optimized Linux kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture.

UEK R3 is based on mainline Linux version 3.8.13. Some notable highlights of this release include:

  • Inclusion of DTrace for Linux into the kernel (no longer a separate kernel image). DTrace for Linux now supports probes for user-space statically defined tracing (USDT) in programs that have been modified to include embedded static probe points
  • Production support for Linux containers (LXC) which were previously released as a technology preview
  • Btrfs file system improvements (subvolume-aware quota groups, cross-subvolume reflinks, btrfs send/receive to transfer file system snapshots or incremental differences, file hole punching, hot-replacing of failed disk devices, device statistics)
  • Improved support for Control Groups (cgroups) 
  • TCP fast open (TFO) can speed up the opening of successive TCP connections between two endpoints
  • FUSE file system performance improvements on NUMA systems
  • Support for the Intel Ivy Bridge (IVB) processor family
  • Integration of the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 2.0 stack, supporting a wide range of Infinband protocols including updates to Oracle's Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS)
  • Numerous driver updates in close coordination with our hardware partners
UEK R3 uses the same versioning model as the mainline Linux kernel version. Unlike in UEK R2 (which identifies itself as version "2.6.39", even though it is based on mainline Linux 3.0.x), "uname" returns the actual version number (3.8.13).

For further details on the new features, changes and any known issues, please consult the Release Notes.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 and related packages can be installed using the yum package management tool on Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or newer, both from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and our public yum server. Please follow the installation instructions in the Release Notes for a detailed description of the steps involved.

The kernel source tree will also available via the git source code revision control system from https://oss.oracle.com/git/?p=linux-uek3-3.8.git

If you would like to discuss your experiences with Oracle Linux and UEK R3, we look forward to your feedback on our public Oracle Linux Forum.

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - October 18, 2013

Happy Friday! Echoing our popular series over on the Oracle Virtualization blog, we'll now be spotlighting something interesting about Oracle Linux for you every Friday.

This week, we have a really cool video done by Intel that features Oracle's Phillip Goerl discussing the Oracle Linux development model and how it relates to Intel Xeon. Click below to jump to YouTube and play the video:

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Oracle Linux at LinuxCon Europe 2013

LinuxCon Europe is just around the corner! This year's show is at the Edinburgh International Conference Center in Edinburgh, UK, October 21-23, 2013.

Oracle Linux is proud to be at LinuxCon once again, getting an opportunity to meet and discuss important topics with the Linux community and users. Oracle's Elena Zannoni, Director of the Linux Tools and Languages Team, will deliver a session on Monday, October 21 at 2:20PM on the topic of "Recent Advances in Linux Tracing". In this session, Elena will discuss the wide variety of tracing tools available to Linux developers (such as ftrace, perf, systemtap, and DTrace for Linux), and the pros and cons of each of these tools and include example usage of each. It will be a compelling session and we hope you can join!

Session details:
Monday, October 21, 2:20PM

Demo Pod:
And while you're at the show, please stop by Booth 28, the Oracle Linux and MySQL demo pod on Monday and Tuesday where you can talk to our experts, pick up an Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD, and see Oracle Linux and MySQL in action.

Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

Oracle Linux 5.10 has been released

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 5.10, the tenth update release for Oracle Linux 5. ISO images will soon be available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and the individual RPM packages have already been published to our public yum repository. This release includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39-400), Oracle's recommended kernel for Oracle Linux. For further details, please see the Oracle Linux 5.10 Release Notes.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and updates and errata are freely available. For support, you are free to decide which of your systems you want to obtain a support subscription for, and at what level each system should be supported. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your development, testing and production systems - you decide which support coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while keeping all of them up-to-date and secure.

Monday Oct 07, 2013

LIVE WEBCAST:Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle DB 12c Deployments (Oct 30, 10am PT)

You are invited to the live webcast on Wed, October 30, 2013, 10am PT featuring Sumanta Chatterjee, Vice President, Database Engineering, and Monica Kumar, Senior Director Product Marketing of Oracle as speakers.

Oracle Database on Oracle Linux helps customers lower IT costs while delivering high quality of service. With Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Linux, customers benefit from the joint development and testing resulting in optimized features, better stability and higher performance to enable the next generation of enterprise applications.

In this webcast, Oracle experts will cover:

  • Advantages of choosing Oracle Linux for Oracle Database
  • Key optimizations and features such as Database Smart Flash Cache, data integrity, and Cgroups that make Oracle Linux the best performing and most reliable Linux for deploying Oracle Database
  • Tools to simplify and speed deployment of Oracle Database on Linux, including Oracle VM Templates, Oracle Validated Configurations, and pre-install RPM
  • Integrated database and operating system management with Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Real-life customer examples

You will also have an opportunity to ask your questions and chat to the speakers and Oracle experts during this webcast.

Don’t miss this informative session. Register now.



Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Hands-on Experience with Ksplice, Kickstart, LDAP and More

Develop your Linux system administration skills by taking the highly popular Oracle Linux System Administration course. In this 5-day instructor-led course, you get rich hands-on experience performing tasks including:

  • Installing Oracle Linux
  • Configuring UEK and using key kernel features
  • Installing kickstart
  • Keeping systems up-to-date using Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux Network
  • Keeping the kernel up to date using Ksplice technology
  • Configuring an LDAP server and client
  • Prepare Oracle Linux systems to run Oracle Database.

You can take this course as a:

  • Live-virtual event, following the class from your own desk and choosing from a selection of dates on the schedule to suit different time-zones
  • In-Class event, choosing from a selection of dates and locations on the schedule including the following:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Langauge

 Vivoode, Belgium

 18 November 2013

 English

 London, England

 21 October 2013

 English

 Reading, England

 12 May 2014

 English

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 18 November 2013

 Dutch

 Bucharest, Romania

 20 January 2014

 Romanian

Warsaw, Poland 

 21 October 2013

Polish 

 Ankara, Turkey

 12 January 2014

Turkish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 21 October 2013

Turkish

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 9 December 2013

 English 

 Seoul, Korea

 21 October 2013

 Koreean

 Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

 21 October 2013

 English

 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

11 November 2013 

 English 

 Makati City, Philippines

 4 November 2013

 English 

 Singapore

 7 October 2013

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 25 November 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 25 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

16 December 2013 

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Casablanca, Morocco

 14 October 2013

 English 

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 14 October 2013

 English

 Mississauga, Canada

24 February 2014 

 English

 Ottawa, Canada

 4 November 2013

  English 

 Belmont, CA, United States

 10 February 2014

 English

 Irvine, CA, United States

 12 May 2014

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 18 November 2013

 English 

 Chicago, IL, United States

 14 April 2014

 English 

 Burlington, MA, United States

18 November 2013 

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

2 December 2013 

 English 

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 October 2013

 English

 Beaverton, OR, United States

 4 November 2013

 English

 Pittsburgh, PA, United States

 9 December 2013

 English

 VA, Reston, United States

 13 January 2014

 English

 Mexico City, Mexico

 7 October 2013

 Spanish

 Caracas, Venezuela

 21 October 2013

 Spanish

To go further in your learning, take the Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration course, hearing about DTrace, Btrfs, Containers, Cgroups and more.

You can take this 3-day, hands-on instructor-led course as a:

  • Live-virtual event, following the live class from your own desk and choosing from a selection of dates already on the schedule
  • In-class event, traveling to an education center. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 28 January 2014

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 8 January 2014

 English 

 Sydney, Australia

 29 January 2014

 English 

 Irvine, CA, United States

 6 January 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 25 November 2013

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 May 2014

 English 

 Irving, TX, United States

16 April 2014  

 English 

 Reston, VA, United States

 17 February 2014

 English

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

To prove your knowledge of Oracle Linux system administration, get certified with Oracle Certification. Learn more at http://oracle.com/education/certification

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Release Candidate for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 is now available

We are happy to announce the availability of the release candidate for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major release of its heavily tested and optimized operating system kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture. It is based on the mainline Linux version 3.8.13.

The release candidate version is 3.8.13-16 and includes additional improvements and bug fixes in preparation for our final release.  As a recap, the features users can expect in this release include:

  • Inclusion of DTrace for Linux into the kernel (no longer a separate kernel image). DTrace for Linux now now supports probes for user-space statically defined tracing (USDT) in programs that have been modified to include embedded static probe points.
  • Btrfs file system improvements (subvolume-aware quota groups, cross-subvolume reflinks, btrfs send/receive to transfer file system snapshots or incremental differences, file hole punching, hot-replacing of failed disk devices)
  • Improved support for Control Groups (cgroups) and Linux containers (LXC).
  • The ext4 file system can now store the content of a small file inside the inode (inline_data).
  • TCP fast open (TFO) can speed up the opening of successive TCP connections between two endpoints.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 can be installed on Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or newer, running either the Red Hat compatible kernel or a previous version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. The UEKR3 beta kernel packages and supporting userland utilities can be installed using the yum package management tool from the public-yum server.

For installation instructions and more details on the new features, changes and any known issues, please consult the Release Notes found on our public beta site.

We've created a dedicated public beta test discussion forum — please join us and share your observations and impressions there!

Friday Sep 27, 2013

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at GITEX, Dubai, UAE (Oct 20-24)

Oracle is sponsoring GITEX, October 20 - 24, 2013, Dubai World Trade Center, Hall # 5

Visit Oracle Linux & Oracle VM teams at workstation WS-2, located at the Oracle booth in hall # 5 to learn the latest and greatest about these technologies! Discuss and explore about Oracle’s long standing commitment and contribution to the Open Source Community and differentiated offerings it has provided.

Oracle Linux brings the latest Linux innovations to market, delivering extreme performance, advanced scalability, and reliability for enterprise applications and systems along with worldwide, enterprise-class, low-cost support. Optimized for enterprise workloads, Oracle Linux is the only operating system to offer zero-downtime updates. 

Oracle offers the industry's most complete and integrated virtualization, from desktop to the data center. Going far beyond simple consolidation, Oracle enables you to virtualize and manage your full hardware and software stack. Oracle VM server virtualization is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management.

Don't miss the opportunity to interact real time with subject matter experts from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams when you visit the booth.

Register today

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

Public yum now powered by Akamai

The availability of free updates and errata has significantly increased the popularity of Oracle Linux. According to a recent Gartner Study from March 2013, Oracle Linux is placed in the top three in the Linux server operating system market, growing more than 80 percent year-over-year in 2012, which outpaced the overall Linux server operating system market growth.

This popularity was also reflected in our download numbers – recently, we were serving  over 80 TB worth of data each month, and this number keeps on growing. In order to ensure continued satisfaction with this free service, we now switched the US-based public-yum.oracle.com server to use the Akamai content delivery network for distributing all the available RPM packages for Oracle Linux globally.

This increases the performance for obtaining updates and security fixes for Oracle Linux – no matter where you are in the world. With the help of the Akamai CDN, the download experience will now be similar, regardless of your geographic location.

Please note that you need to connect to the public yum service by host name. If your yum clients are configured to access the public yum server by its public IP address, you won't benefit from increase in performance, as Akamai uses DNS to redirect the load. Please check your configurations accordingly!

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Wednesday is Full of Great Excitement in San Francisco!

How can we top today's activities in San Francisco?? 

First there is Americas Cup Finals where Oracle Team America is about to win, Customer appreciation concert featuring Maroon 5, San Francisco Giants vs LA Dodgers game.. too much excitement going on but we have some great events at Oracle OpenWorld as well.

 Our Oracle Linux Sessions today:

 10:15am Oracle Linux: Diagnostics and Troubleshooting (Greg Marsden)  Westin- City

 1:15pm  HOL: Getting started with Linux Container (Lenz Grimmer)  Marriott Marquis-Salon 5/6

Visit one of our demopods:

Migration Made Easy: Red Hat and SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux Moscone South, SC-144

Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux Moscone South, SC-146

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion 

Visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion to hear why leading ISVs and IHV partners support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The partners attending to Linux and Virtualization Pavilion this year are:  Beyondtrust, HP, Dell, Emulex, SAS, TrendMicro, NimbleStorage

We are also hosting an event in the pavilion :

"Meet the Experts" session today 3pm  with Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering as the guest with developers, experts from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. 

Visit this session and you can to talk to our experts you can get a limited edition T-Shirt and be in the drawing for a cool penguin.

 Have a great day and GO Oracle Team USA and Oracle Linux team !

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Meet the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Experts at Oracle Openworld

Where are these penguins going??

They are going to:

 "Meet the Experts" session on Wed, 9/25 3pm

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021.

Our Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts will be there to take your tricky questions, we will also have our Product Managers, engineers and developers from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams to chat. 

You can also get your hands on a "Limited edition" Oracle Linux and Oracle VM T-Shirt. Don't miss this event!

Are you coming? 

YOU ARE INVITED: Oracle Linux Customer Presentations Today @OPENWORLD

It was a full day yesterday at Oracle Openworld but today is more special because we have two customer sessions and Hands-On Lab. Come and attend our sessions for an insight into how the customers are implementing Oracle Linux. 

Tuesday, 9/25 Customer Sessions are:

Oracle Linux Technical Deep Dive: Reliability, Availability, and Scalability
Yoshinori Saiga, NTT Docomo
Michele Casey, Oracle
Lenz Grimmer, Oracle
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Westin San Francisco - Franciscan I CON9531
Why Is Oracle Linux the Best Linux for Running Oracle Database?
Steve Fluge, Bank of America
Ravitej Animi, Oracle
Sumanta Chatterjee, Oracle
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Westin San Francisco - Franciscan II CON9543

 Hands-On Lab for Tuesday, 9/24:

Oracle Linux Package and Patch Management Solutions
Timothy Hill, Oracle
Avi Miller, Oracle
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Marriott Marquis - Salon 10A HOL10147

We would like to invite you one more time to our Demo at Moscone South, Server and Storage Demogrounds. You can grab an Oracle Linux and Oracle VM DVD while you are there.

Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux Moscone South, Center - SC-146

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion (Booth #2021) 

Also Come and visit our Oracle Linux and Virtualzation Pavilion where our Partners are presenting their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM provide the most cost-effective and integrated infrastructure solution in the market. By taking a holistic approach that addresses all layers of the enterprise data center, Oracle Linux and Virtualization solutions with partner products can help companies transform into effective service providers that support business priorities at lower cost. Visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion to hear why leading ISVs and IHV partners support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The partners attending to Linux and Virtualization Pavilion this year are: • HP • Emulex • SAS • Beyondtrust • TrendMicro • NimbleStorage Moscone South - Booth 2021

 Have a great day!

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Fusion-io Showcases Data Integrity with Oracle Linux at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced ION Data Accelerator demonstrations at Oracle OpenWorld that delivers accelerated performance for Oracle Database environments, as well as enhanced end-to-end data integrity verified by the T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) specification. With Fusion ION Data Accelerator Software and Fusion ioDrive2 server flash memory products supporting the Oracle Linux operating system, Oracle Database, and Emulex LightPulse® Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16Gb Fibre Channel) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs).
Using the T10 PI specification, data corruption is noticed and fixed as it is written to shared storage, helping ensure reliability for enterprise applications.

The T10 PI data integrity demonstration features the Fusion ION Data Accelerator shared storage solution with Oracle Linux and Emulex Gen 5 FC HBAs. The demonstration incorporates Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, which supports integrity features that leverage the T10 PI specification.

The data integrity testing was conducted by inserting corrupt data into the system and verifying that despite the insertions, data integrity on ION Data Accelerator was not compromised. Using the T10 PI specification, data corruption is noticed and fixed as it is written to shared storage, helping ensure reliability for enterprise applications. The demonstration incorporates Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, which supports integrity features that leverage the T10 PI specification. Additional technical details about the T10 PI reliability demo are available here

Live demonstration of the Data integrity solution is being featured at Fusion-io booth 1127 during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco from September 22-26. Read the press release.

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