Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

Announcement: DTrace for Oracle Linux General Availability

Today we are announcing the general availability of DTrace for Oracle Linux. It is available to download from ULN for Oracle Linux Support customers. 

DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework that was initially developed for the Oracle Solaris operating system, and is now available to Oracle Linux customers. DTrace is designed to give operational insights that allow users to tune and troubleshoot the operating system.

DTrace provides Oracle Linux developers with a tool to analyze performance, and increase observability into the systems they own to see how they work. DTrace enables higher quality applications development, reduced downtime, lower cost, and greater utilization of existing resources.

Key benefits and features of DTrace on Oracle Linux include:

• Designed to work on finding performance bottlenecks

• Dynamically enables the kernel with a number of probe points, improving ability to service software

• Enables maximum resource utilization and application performance

• Fast and easy to use, even on complex systems with multiple layers of software

If you already have Oracle Linux support, you can download DTrace from ULN channel.

We have a dedicated Forum for DTrace on Oracle Linux, to discuss your experience and questions.

Friday Nov 09, 2012

Did You Hear About RedPatch?

With today’s RedPatch announcement, the Oracle Linux team provides the Linux community a repository containing the source for all the changes Red Hat makes to their kernel, free of charge, available from our public git site. This repository simplifies life for administrators by providing them a straightforward method for determining the type of fixes a patch contains.

Read more.

Monday Jul 30, 2012

Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America 2012

LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts and Mark Sunday as speakers.

LinuxCon will be showcasing Oracle Linux in the following sessions:

Thursday, August 30:

11:20 am - The Proper Care and Feeding of a MySql Database for Linux Administrators

Speaker: Dave Stokes, Oracle

3:20 pm - Policies for Transcending Linux Memory Efficency with Zcache

Speaker: Dan Magenheimer, Oracle

Friday, August 31:

10:05 am – Keynote: Linux Tales from the Trenches of an Ultra Demanding Cloud Data Center

Speakers: Mark Sunday, Senior VP and CIO, Oracle
Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle

LinuxCon is co-located with CloudOpen, which will be showcasing Oracle Cloud Technology in the following session:

Wednesday, August 29:

11:40 am – Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy – Your Strategy. Your Cloud, Your Choice.

Speaker: David Krauss, Oracle

Stop by the Oracle Linux Technology Showcase booth #113 to get your copy of the Oracle Linux/ Oracle VM DVD as well as talk to our experts.

QUICK LINKS:

Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

Oracle Linux 6.3 has been released

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 6.3, the third update release for Oracle Linux 6. ISO images can now be obtained from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, the individual RPM packages have already been published from our public yum repository. This distribution now includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39-200), Oracle's recommended kernel version for Oracle Linux. For further details, please see the Oracle Linux 6.3 Release Notes.

Remember, Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, updates and errata are freely available. For support, you are free to decide for which of your systems you want to obtain a support subscription, and at which level each of  them should be supported. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for both your development 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.

Wim Coekaerts recently wrote several blog posts about the benefits of Oracle Linux, which are worth a read:

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

Oracle Linux 6.3 RPMs Now Available

The installation media ISO for Oracle Linux 6.3 is still "in the oven" but the RPMs are already available.  You can grab them on ULN, if you have an Oracle Linux support subscription, or anyone can get them from public-yum.oracle.com.  Oracle Linux 6.3 includes a quarterly update of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-200.9.0.el6uek).  To install that kernel, make sure you have the ol6_UEK_latest channel or repo enabled.  Enjoy.

Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

Important glibc Bug Fix Update for Oracle Linux 6 on Intel Systems with AVX Instruction Support

If you run Oracle products on Oracle Linux 6 (or RHEL 6) on Intel-based hardware that supports the Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), you may encounter illegal instruction errors (SIGILL) that prevent the correct operation of Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware and other applications (both Oracle and third party applications).  It is recommended you install this glibc bug fix update: ELBA-2012-2019.  

 To verify whether your system supports AVX, look for avx in the output of:

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
The updated glibc RPM is available from ULN and from public-yum.oracle.com.  For more information, see this Oracle Linux Errata notification: ELBA-2012-2019 Oracle Linux 6 glibc bug fix update.  To subscribe to Oracle Linux errata notifications via email, go here.  You can also stay on top of Oracle Linux errata via Twitter: @orcl_uln

Thursday Apr 05, 2012

DTrace for Oracle Linux news: new beta release and conference appearances

A new set of RPM packages of our port of DTrace for Linux has just been published on the Unbreakable Linux Network. This is another beta release of our ongoing development effort to bring the DTrace framework to Linux.

This release includes the following changes:

  • The packages are now based on the final public release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39). The previous beta drop was based on a development version of the 2.6.39 kernel; there is no new functionality specific to DTrace in this release. The primary goal was to get the code base in sync with the released kernel version.
  • Based on the feedback we received from some users in how their applications interact with dtrace, libdtrace is now a shared library. However, the API/ABI is not fully stabilized yet and may be subject to change.
  • As a result of the ongoing QA testing, some test cases were reorganized into their own subdirectories, which allows running the test suite in a more fine-grained manner.

As reminder, we have a dedicated Forum for DTrace on Linux, to discuss your experiences with this release.

This week, the Linux DTrace team also attendeded the second dtrace.conf in San Francisco, to talk about their work. The sessions were streamed live and recordings are also available. You can watch Oracle's Kris Van Hees' talk below:


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We would like to thank the dtrace.conf organizers for the speaking opportunity and for organizing this event!

This Wednesday (April 4th), Kris and Elena Zannoni also spoke on this topic at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit 2012 in San Francisco, CA. The slides are now available for download (PDF).

Thursday Mar 29, 2012

Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-Install RPM for Oracle Linux 6 has been released

Now that the certification of the Oracle Database 11g R2 with Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has been announced, we are glad to announce the availability of oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall, the Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-install RPM package (formerly known as oracle-validated). Designed specifically for Oracle Linux 6, this RPM aids in the installation of the Oracle Database.

In order to install the Oracle Database 11g R2 on Oracle Linux 6, your system needs to meet a few prerequisites, as outlined in the Linux Installation Guides. Using the Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-install RPM, you can complete most of the pre-installation configuration tasks. which is now available from the Unbreakable Linux Network, or via the Oracle public yum repository.

The pre-install package is available for x86_64 only. Specifically, the package:

  • Causes the download and installation of various software packages and specific versions needed for database installation, with package dependencies resolved via yum
  • Creates the user oracle and the groups oinstall and dba, which are the defaults used during database installation
  • Modifies kernel parameters in /etc/sysctl.conf to change settings for shared memory, semaphores, the maximum number of file descriptors, and so on
  • Sets hard and soft shell resource limits in /etc/security/limits.conf, such as the number of open files, the number of processes, and stack size to the minimum required based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Server installation requirements
  • Sets numa=off in the kernel boot parameters for x86_64 machines
Please see the release announcement for further details and instructions. Also take a look at Ginny Henningsen's "How I Simplified Oracle Database Installation on Oracle Linux" article on the Oracle Technology Network for a general description on how to perform the installation of the Oracle Database on Oracle Linux. While the article refers to Oracle Linux 5 and the former "oracle-validated" package, the steps for Oracle Linux 6 are still very similar (we're looking into updating that article for Oracle Linux 6).

Friday Mar 23, 2012

Announcing: Oracle Database 11g R2 Certification on Oracle Linux 6

Oracle Announces the Certification of the Oracle Database

on Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Yesterday we announced the certification of Oracle Database 11g R2 with Oracle Linux 6 and Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Here are the key highlights:

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (R2) and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (R1) are immediately available on Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
  • Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g R1 will be available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6) and Oracle Linux 6 with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel in 90 days.
  • Oracle offers direct Linux support to customers running RHEL6, Oracle Linux 6, or a combination of both.
  • Oracle Linux will continue to maintain compatibility with Red Hat Linux.
Read the full press release

Thursday Mar 22, 2012

Free Updates and Errata for Oracle Linux

ISO images of the Oracle Linux installation media as well as individual binary RPMs (and the sources) of major and minor releases (Updates) have always been freely available for download, use and distribution, ever since we started the Oracle Linux support program.

We're now taking this a step further: in addition to the above, we will now also provide updated packages or errata for free from separate yum repositories on http://public-yum.oracle.com. If you would like to keep your Oracle Linux system up to date, you can now do so by subscribing your system to the respective "_latest" repository for your distribution, e.g. "ol6_latest" for Oracle Linux 6. See the installation instructions on the public yum front page and the "How to subscribe to the free Oracle Linux errata yum repositories" article on the OTN Garage blog for details on how enable these repositories and to obtain the updates.

If you would like to also receive free updates to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, make sure to enable the "[ol6_UEK_latest]" repository as well - updates to the kernel will be made available from this separate channel until it is included in the next set of installation media.

Now what does this mean for Oracle Network Support? Getting access to the updates and errata was just one part of the offering – the following benefits will be available with an Oracle Linux Support Subscription only:

Wim also published a blog post with his take on the announcement.

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 has been released

We’re proud to announce the availability of a major enhancement to Oracle Linux: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39) has been released! The RPM packages are now available from the Unbreakable Linux Network and the public yum repositories. This kernel can be installed on both Oracle Linux 5.8 and newer as well as Oracle Linux 6.2 and newer. By simply updating the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Oracle Linux customers can benefit from the latest improvements that have taken place in mainline Linux, without having to re-install their distribution or applications.

This release includes many new features as well as numerous performance and scalability improvements that were added to mainline Linux since the first Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release (which is based on Linux 2.6.32). Despite the version number, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 is based on mainline Linux 3.0.16 and includes a few selected patches from other mainline Linux versions. The source code is available from this public git source code repository.

Some key highlights in this release include:

  • Btrfs file system
  • Performance and scalability improvements
  • Virtualization improvements
  • Transparent Huge Pages and Memory compaction
  • Cgroups improvements
  • Linux Containers
  • OCFS2 improvements
  • Updated Device Drivers

For more information, please see the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 features and benefits document and consult the release notes for more For installation instructions, check out the Getting Started with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel installation guide on the Oracle Technology Network.

Now that the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 has been released, we will continue to provide support for Release 1 of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (2.6.32) in the form of critical bug fixes and security errata for another 9 months. However, new hardware enablement (e.g. by providing device driver updates) will now only be made available through the quarterly updates of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 on the Unbreakable Linux Network. During this grace period, we encourage all customers to switch to Release 2.

Saturday Mar 03, 2012

Oracle Linux 5.8 has been released

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 5 Update 8. RPM packages for direct installation/upgrade are available for Oracle Linux Support Customers from the Unbreakable Linux Network. Individual packages of the initial release are also available for download from our public yum repository. ISO installation images of the distribution will be made available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (aka E-Delivery) shortly or look for external mirror sites. If you require ISO images before they are available from there, please request these via a Metalink service request or log into My Oracle Support and search for patch 13801642.

This distribution includes the latest release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 1 (version 2.6.32-300.10.1, based on mainline Linux 2.6.32), which includes a number of important bug fixes and driver updates. Please see the release notes for a detailed list of changes and improvements.

Friday Feb 24, 2012

Updated Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release candidate packages now available

A new build of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release 2 has been published today: version 2.6.39-100.1.1 of the kernel including updated userspace utilities have been uploaded. They are now available for testing from the Unbreakable Linux Network as well as the beta channel on our public yum server. There have been a lot of fixes and improvements to the Btrfs file system in particular, as well as driver updates. The public git source repository has also been refreshed.

As we're nearing the final release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, we welcome your testing and feedback. We have created a dedicated Oracle Linux and UEK beta testing forum for this purpose - please join the discussions and share your experiences with this kernel build! Thank you.

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Oracle Linux support lifecycle has been extended to 10 years

Ever since we began offering enterprise-class support for Linux, our Oracle Linux Support program has offered industry leading value with:

  • 8 years of support
  • Premier backports
  • Unlimited sustaining support
  • Management and Clustering included
  • Zero downtime updates via Ksplice
  • All at the lowest cost

We already covered the extension of Ksplice support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux in this previous blog post, but the associated press release included another important announcement: we've now extended the Oracle Linux Support lifecycle to cover a time frame of 10 years.

With this announcement we are bringing our Linux support policy in line with the already existing support periods for Oracle Solaris. Existing customers can continue to run the same release of Oracle Linux 5 and 6 for two additional years.

For more details about the terms and conditions of our support offering, please see the updated support policies document (PDF).

Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

New beta release of DTrace for Oracle Linux

We have just published an updated set of RPM packages of DTrace for Linux on the Unbreakable Linux Network. This beta release of our ongoing development effort to bring the DTrace frame work to Linux is now based on the current Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39) and includes a number of improvements and new functionality:

New features:

  • The SDT (Statically Defined Tracing) provider is implemented, providing in-kernel static probes. Some of the proc provider is implemented using this facility.

Bugfixes:

  • Syscall tracing of stub-based syscalls (such as fork, clone, exit, and sigreturn) now works.
  • Invalid memory accesses inside D scripts no longer cause oopses or panics.
  • Memory exhaustion inside D scripts no longer emits spurious oopses.
  • Several crash fixes.
  • Fixes to arithmetic inside aggregations, fixing quantize().
  • Improvements to the installed headers.

To get started, take a look at Wim's latest blog post about using DTrace on Oracle Linux. 

The DTrace port is work in progress and is still considered a "technology preview" - the usual disclaimers apply. We have created a dedicated DTrace on Linux forum where you can share your experiences with the Linux version and give feedback to us. We look forward to your comments!

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