Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Technology Preview available for the Oracle Linux software collection library

Today we are announcing a technology preview for the Oracle Linux software collection library.  The software collection library provides useful features to both developers and administrators, by providing access to later versions of packages and libraries commonly used in development, such as Perl, PHP and Python. 

Under the software collection library, these packages can be installed on existing systems, without overwriting the base packages delivered by the platform release.  The software collection library delivers the latest features and enhancements to many popular packages, which developers and administrators can easily integrate into their projects and solutions.  The Oracle Linux software collection library can be downloaded today from public-yum.  Please review the release notes for more information and send us your feedback and questions on the Oracle Linux forum.   

Friday Jan 16, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Video Showing Incredibly Simple Conversion from RHEL to Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

This week I am very excited to share with you just a fantastic video showing the exact steps to simultaneously convert your Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation to Oracle Linux and also upgrade to a more recent version. In this very short video, Oracle's Wayne Lewis shows how it's done:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Monday Jan 05, 2015

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 (UEKR3U4) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the fourth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-55) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Users are now able to specify which modules DTrace shold load automatically during startup by specifying the module in /etc/dtrace-modules.
  • PMC-Sierra PM8001 SAS/SATA controller driver (pm8001) , which supports the new Adaptec Series 7H family of 8-port and 16-port PCIe gen3 SAS/SATA host bus adapters, has been added.
  • Intel XL710 X710 Virtual Function network driver (i40evf) has been added.
  • The P-state driver (intel_pstate) for the Intel Sandy Bridge processor has been added.
  • Various network performance improvement patches to support Oracle Linux virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V have been included.
  • NFS over Remote Data Memory Access (RDMA) Client is available as a technology preview.
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Mellanox
    • PMCS
    • QLogic
    • Tigon

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Get The Story Straight From The Source

Happy Friday!

One of the great things about webcasts is that you get to hear directly from Oracle experts and even ask questions about your own environment. They are a great way to get in-depth information straight from the source, especially if you weren’t able to come out to Oracle OpenWorld this year.

Coming up next Tuesday, we have an excellent webcast hosted by Oracle Linux Product Management Director Avi Miller, “Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure.” In the webcast, Avi will explain the details on using Spacewalk and Ksplice with Oracle Linux. And you’ll be able to ask Avi questions through the chat interface. And since Avi is based in Australia, we’ve scheduled this webcast at 3PM PST, allowing our friends in that part of the world to be able to tune in at a reasonable hour.

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
3:00PM PST

And thank you to those of you that joined our webcast this past Tuesday on Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center! If you missed that one, it’s a great introduction to Linux Containers, Docker, OpenStack, and more. The replay is just over 20 minutes, so you can head on over and check it out for a very concise overview of these technologies:


Have a great week!
-Chris

Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Oracle Linux images for Docker released

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce an update to Docker on Oracle Linux, along with the release of official Docker images for Oracle Linux 6 and 7. With this update, customers will have access to the tools needed to create, manage and deploy Docker containers on Oracle Linux.

The Docker Engine and Official Oracle Linux images are fully supported as part of Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions. The scope of Oracle Linux support for Docker can be found in My Oracle Support, Document ID 1921163.1.

Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud.

You can learn more about using Docker on Oracle Linux in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide for Oracle Linux 6 and the Oracle Linux Administrator's Guide for Oracle Linux 7.

You can install Docker for Oracle Linux from the Add-ons Channel for Oracle Linux 6 and 7, either via the Unbreakable Linux Network or the Oracle Public Yum Server

You can browse the available Docker Images on the Oracle Public Yum Server at http://public-yum.oracle.com/docker-images/

Docker and Docker logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Docker, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Docker, Inc. and other parties may also have trademark rights in other terms used herein.

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle at USENIX LISA14

Happy Friday!

If you're heading to the beautiful city of Seattle for USENIX LISA14 next week, you'll have a great opportunity to get your questions answered about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

Oracle has three main things going on at the show:

- On Wednesday November 12, Oracle is sponsoring the Expo Happy Hour, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. You'll be able to enjoy some beverages and chat with your peers (and Oracle folks, too!) in a relaxed environment.

- On Thursday November 13 from 11:45am to 12:30pm, join Oracle's Ken Crandall for "Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux", in Redwood AB.

 - And on both Wednesday and Thursday, Oracle experts will be at booth #308 to talk to you about your environment and how Oracle can help.

It should be a great show and we're looking forward to meeting some of you there!

-Chris 

Tuesday Nov 04, 2014

Spacewalk client released for Oracle Linux 7

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the availability of the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7. Customers who want to register Oracle Linux 7 servers with an existing Spacewalk server can install the client from the Oracle Public Yum repository. It can also be added to Spacewalk itself for local installation via Spacewalk.

To access the Spacewalk client repository for Oracle Linux 7, add the following stanza to public-yum-ol7.repo on the client server:

[ol7_spacewalk22_client]
name=Spacewalk Client 2.2 for Oracle Linux 7 ($basearch)
baseurl=http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/spacewalk22/client/$basearch/
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1

To add the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7 to an existing Spacewalk server install, create a new repository with the following URL:

http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/spacewalk22/client/x86_64/

For more information on Spacewalk, check the Oracle Linux documentation

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Webinar(Nov 11):How to Save Time and Cost with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS


Title: Boost Performance and Cut Deployment Time with Nimble SmartStack for Oracle  

When: November 11, 11am PST/2pm EST

Panelists:

Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle, John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco and Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage 

For CIOs and IT managers, continuously tuning IT infrastructure to support evolving environments, rapidly provisioning more resources to support growing database environments, maintaining services levels and staying within budgets, especially in rapid growth environments is hard. To address these challenges, Nimble Storage, along with Oracle, and Cisco offers a converged infrastructure to deliver adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity while handling rapid growth.

In this webinar you will learn how you can benefit from Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco. The solution provides pre-tested, validated architectures and documented best practices for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.

SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

Register today


Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle Linux 6.6

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, the sixth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public yum repository now; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-44.1.1.el6uek) for x86-64
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.215.10.el6uek) for i386 
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-504.el6) for i386 and x86-64
By default, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel for the specific architecture (i386 or x86-64) are installed and the system boots the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Notable features in this release include:

  • Fully integrated DTrace support with UEK Release 3.
  • Full Linux Containers (LXC) support in UEK Release 3.
  • Btrfs is fully supported when using the the UEK (Release 2 or 3).
  • Enhanced SSSD support for Active Directory
  • A new daemon for Hyper-V, which includes the hypervfcopydhypervkvpd, and hypervvssd packages, which provides the Hyper-V file-copy, key-value pair (KVP), and volume shadow copy service (VSS) daemons for an Oracle Linux guest that is running under Hyper-V on a Microsoft Windows Host.

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, please consult the release notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription.  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 your systems up-to-date and secure.  For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive access to zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice and support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

 For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Oracle Linux 5.11 is now available

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 5.11, the eleventh and final 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 5.11 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.

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Today we announce the general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0. With this announcement we are now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers. The support for OpenStack is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support at no additional cost.

In December 2013 Oracle joined the OpenStack foundation, In May, during the OpenStack conference in Atlanta, we have released the technology preview version which was based on the Havana release. Since then we have refreshed the tech preview to support Icehouse and continued improving it by making install process simpler and fixing bugs. The GA release, which is available today, is based on the latest Icehouse release.

Our goal is to help make OpenStack an enterprise grade solution, capable of operating an entire datacenter including all types of workloads meeting all the requirements including reliability, security and performance. We would like OpenStack to become first class solution and the cloud operating system of choice for customers of any size. One of the ways Oracle can help make this a reality is to test and enable demanding enterprise workloads to run on OpenStack. Making sure that those workloads can run on OpenStack in a reliable and supported way is an important step in making OpenStack an enterprise grade, general purpose cloud management solution. With experience in deploying and managing enterprise workloads in virtual environment we are in a good position to drive such enabling activity forward, and that is what we plan to do.

Some resources and pointers to learn more about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux:

  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (aka O3L) is available for download from the Oracle Linux public yum repository at http://public-yum.oracle.com
  • The Oracle Technical Network (OTN) page for O3L is located here and includes documentation, links and also a virtualbox VM which has O3L fully installed, configured and ready to use on your own laptop
  • More information can also be found at http://www.oracle.com/goto/openstack including data sheet, an interview with Wim Coekaerts and more

Next week is Oracle OpenWorld, at OpenWorld we will showcase Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0 and also have sessions and hands on lab to discuss OpenStack, you are welcome to join us. Here are links to our sessions about OpenStack:

We discuss the upcoming OpenWorld sessions here.

@RonenKofman

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 3 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 3 (UEKR3U3) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the third quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-44) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Added support for Intel Avoton and Haswell-EX processors.
  • Added support for XFS extended attributes
  • Enhancements to the Huge Translation Lookaside Buffer (HugeTLB) for improved page-fault scalability
  • Improvements for supporting Oracle Linux guests running on Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Oracle Linux 7 is now available

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7. Oracle Linux 7 offers the latest innovations and improvements to support customers and partners in developing and deploying business critical applications across the data center and into the cloud. Features include:

  • Btrfs Oracle Linux 7
  • XFS 
  • Linux Containers (LXC)
  • DTrace
  • Ksplice for zero-downtime kernel security updates and bug fixes
  • Xen enhancements
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3
  • systemd, a new service and system manager
  • Grub2 as the default boot loader with support for additional firmware types, such as UEFI
  • Support for in-place upgrades from Oracle Linux 6.5 to Oracle Linux 7

Listen to Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, discuss the benefits of Oracle Linux 7.

Oracle Linux 7 is available today and can be downloaded from Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud.  Please review the Release Notes and Oracle Linux documentation for details about the latest features and known issues.

For additional information, please read our press release and visit www.oracle.com/linux

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Friday Jun 13, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Design Considerations Webcast

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the on-demand version of our recent Oracle VM Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployments webcast. If you missed it (or thought it didn't have anything to with Linux), have a look, I think you'l be very interested in the content. It describes the massive deployment for Oracle Managed Cloud Services, and while there is a lot of Oracle VM specific info, there are deep ties to Oracle Linux as well.

If you're managing a large deployment or want to see how Oracle approaches problems of this scale, it's well worth watching.

On Demand: Oracle VM - Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployments webcast

Also, check out this cool infographic on the deployment.

See you next week!

-Chris 

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