Friday Sep 25, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions

Happy Friday!

With Oracle OpenWorld 2015 a little over a month away, it's time to start figuring out which sessions you're going to attend! You can start putting your schedule together today with My Schedule (if you're an OpenWorld veteran, this was called "Schedule Builder" in previous years). And of course, we hope you join us in several of our sessions and hands on labs about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

To make it a little easier to find content that is interesting to you, we have two "Focus On" documents that you can have a look at and bookmark. The Focus On docs format really nicely on mobile devices, and are updated in real-time in case rooms change or anything else unforeseen happens, so they are a great resource to have bookmarked on your phone.


Since Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux spans both Oracle Linux and Oracle virtualization, you'll find those sessions in both.

We'll go into more detail in the coming weeks, but I'd like to highlight a couple of sessions to start with. Even if you can't join us in any other sessions, I highly recommend signing up for the General Sessions from Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. These are always our most popular sessions, and it's a fantastic opportunity to get the very latest information on industry trends and the direction of Oracle's Linux and virtualization teams.

General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

We hope to see you out in San Francisco this year!

-Chris

Friday Sep 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Choosing The Perfect Oracle Linux Training for You

We have system administration training for your version of Linux. When deciding which version of Linux training to take, use the following table as guidance.


Oracle Linux 7: System Administration
Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration
Version to Install
 Installing Linux 7
 Installing Linux 5 or 6
Boot Process
systemd Upstart
Default File System
XFS  ext4
Partitioning Scheme
 with BTRFS during installation
 with BTRFS post installation
Default Firewall Service
 firewalld  iptables
Log File Management
 journald  rsyslog

Oracle Linux 7: System Administration

To learn on the latest version of Linux, take this course through:

  • Live-Virtual Events: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including start dates of 21 September, 12 October, and 2, 9 and 30 November 2015.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date
 Delivery Language
 London, England
 23 September 2015
 English
Reading, England
14 November 2015 English
Paris, France
23 November 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
2 November 2015 German
Rome, Italy
5 October 2015
Italian
Singapore
12 October 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
23 November 2015
English
Tampa, FL, United Stated
24 January 2016
English
Atlanta, GA, United States
7 March 2016
English
Roseville, MN, United States
18 January 2016 English
Dallas, TX, United States 25 April 2016
English
Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration

You can take this course through the following delivery formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training when you register, following lectures through streaming video at your own pace and booking time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including start dates of 21 September, 12, 18 and 26 October, 2 November and 7 December 2015.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia
4 April 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
19 October 2015 English
Bogota, Colombia
28 September 2015 Spanish
London, England
14 March 2016 English
Reading, England
11 January 2016 English
Berlin, Germany
1 February 2016 German
Hamburg, Germany
18 January 2016 German
Panjim, India
15 September 2015 English
Nairobi, Kenya
23 November 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
5 October 2015 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
19 October 2015 English
Auckland, New Zealand 
19 October 2015 English
Wellington, New Zealand
16 November 2015 English
Makati, Philippines
12 October 2015 English
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21 February 2016 English
Randburg, South Africa
2 November 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
12 October 2015 Turkish
Bangkok, Thailand
12 October 2015 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 October 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
30 November 2015 English
Miami, FL, United States 14 December 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 4 January 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States 26 October 2015 English

The Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration training is one step in your preparation to take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate exam. In addition, to pass an Oracle certification, you must have significant hands-on experience of the topics covered in the training course.

For more information on Oracle Linux training, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Sep 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Content Catalog

I wanted to take a minute today to point to the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog. It's a great resource to start thinking about which sessions you want to sign up for once attendee scheduling starts. You'll find sessions on Oracle Linux, Docker, containers, OpenStack, virtualization, engineered systems (with Oracle Linux!), cloud, and much more. Just use the handy search box on that page to find what interests you!

If you're joining us at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco at the end of next month, you might enjoy browsing the catalog and getting a bit of a head start on your planning.

Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog

Have a great week! 

-Chris 

Friday Sep 04, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Learn About Typical Linux Administration Issues

With Oracle Linux system administration training, learn how to avoid and handle typical issues administrators face by:

  • Monitoring using sosreport, isostat, mpstat, vmstat, sar, top, iotop, strace, netstat, tcpdump, Wireshare network analyzer, OSWatcher tools, Enterprise Manager Ops Center, and Spacewalk.
  • Troubleshooting problems such as service not running, configuration errors, firewall prohibiting a connection, PAM prohibiting authentication, SELinux denying a connection, boot problems, NFS problems.

We have training for those using Linux 5, 6 or 7.

If you are using Linux 5 or 6, take the Oracle Linux System Administration course which is available as:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training immediately, following lecture material through streaming video at your own pace and booking time to do lab exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Events: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events on the schedule includes start dates of  21 and 22 September, 12, 19 and 26 October, 3 November, 7 December 2015
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia
4 April 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
19 October 2015 English
London, England
14 March 2016 English
Reading, England
11 January 2016 English
Berlin, Germany
1 February 2016 German
Hamburg, Germany
18 January 2016 German
Nairobi, Kenya
23 November 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
5 October 2015 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
19 October 2015 English
Makati City, Philippines
7 September 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
12 October 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
12 October 2015 Turkish
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
21 February 2016 English
Randburg, South Africa
2 November 2015 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 October 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
30 November 2015 English
Miami, Fl, United States
14 December 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
4 January 2016 English
Chicago, IL, United States
14 September 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
26 October 2015 English

Taking this course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA exam.

If you are using Linux 7, take the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Events on the schedule include start dates of 21 September, 12 October, and 9 and 20 November 2015
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England
23 November 2015 English
Reading, England
14 September 2015 English
Paris, France
23 November 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
2 November 2015 German
Rome, Italy
5 October 2015 Italian
Singapore
12 October 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand 23 November 2015 English
Tampa, Fl, United States 25 January 2016 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 7 March 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 18 January 2016 English
Dallas, TX, United States 25 April 2016 English
To learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Cloud Days Around the World

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring some attention to a great series of events that kicked off this week in the US in Chicago, Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow.

This is a worldwide set of events that will help you understand how cloud is being used today, and how Oracle can help you leverage cloud technology to meet your business goals. These in person events talk about the entire Oracle portfolio, and many locations feature a dedicated session on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. If you're in the areas where these events are being held, I highly recommend them!

Head on over to the event home page and the schedule page to see if there is one happening near you.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Happy Friday!

Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by our booth and went to our sessions at LinuxCon North America 2015! We had a great time and it was fantastic getting the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you in person.

Some of the things that are top of mind for Linux users are (obviously!) the cloud impact on data center design, container technologies, OpenStack, security, and so on. So I looked through our archive to find a webcast that I think does a great job outlining how Oracle Linux approaches these things. If you're looking for a brief overview this Friday afternoon, head on over to this webcast archive and have a watch:

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog and LinuxCon

Happy Friday! 

If you've been seeing our recent posts on this blog, you can probably tell we're pretty excited about LinuxCon next week! Our colleagues and friends over at the Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog did a great post earlier this week outlining a number of fantastic sessions for those of you interested in what Oracle is doing in the community. A few examples:

Head on over to the post at the Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog for even more sessions you should attend if you're heading to Seattle.

Speaking of that Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog, if you weren't previously aware of it, it's a great resource to hear from the developers on Oracle's mainline Linux kernel team. The posts on the blog give you extremely in-depth info, with lots of real world tips for performance and great background on technical topics. Peruse through the back entries to find some really great technical information from our experts.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 07, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Software updates, LinuxCon, and more!

Happy Friday!

It's been a busy period here in the Oracle Linux team, so I thought I'd do a highlight post with links to some of the big things that are happening:

- LinuxCon North America starts in just 10 days, and Oracle is a sponsor. The conference features a keynote by Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. If you're there, you don't want to miss it.

- Speaking of Wim and LinuxCon, there is a short video to give you a peek into what Wim will be talking about.

- We released Oracle Linux 6.7.

- We released Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6.

There's a lot of other great stuff going on, too, from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training, to Oracle looking for people interested in working to design and develop technical training, and a new linux.com article on sysadmin job interview questions, featuring thoughts from Oracle Linux product management.

Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

The July 2015 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

The July 2015 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Getting Started with Docker on Oracle Linux
  • LinuxCon North America
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
  • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5
  • Oracle OpenStack SlideShare site
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!

-Chris 

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

systemd, The New System and Service Manager in Oracle Linux 7

Oracle Linux 7 includes systemd, the new system and service manager that replaces the Upstart init daemon. While providing backward compatibility for legacy Oracle Linux 6 service scripts. systemd offers the following benefits over init:

  • Services are started in parallel wherever possible using socket-based activation and D-Bus.
  • Daemons can be started on demand.
  • Processes are tracked using control groups (cgroups).
  • Snapshotting of the system state and restoration of the system state from a snapshot is supported.
  • Mount points can be configured as systemd targets.

You can learn about systemd and much more by taking the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this instructor-led, 5-day course, through the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Start dates on the calendar include 21 September 2015 in French and 3 and 24 August, 12 October and 9 November 2015 in English.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England
23 November 2015 English
Reading, England
14 September 2015 English
Paris, France
3 August 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
2 November 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
24 August 2015 German
Rome, Italy
5 October 2015 Italian
Singapore
12 October 2015 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
31 August 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand 23 November 2015 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 6 September 2015 English
If you are using an earlier version of Linux, take the Oracle Linux System Administration course to learn about Upstart and much more. Choose from the following training formats:
  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Start dates of 24 August, 7th and 21 September, 12th, 18th and 26th October and 2 November 2015 in English.
  • In-Class Event: Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia
7 September 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
19 October 2015 English
Sao Paulo, Brazil
24 August 2015 Brazilian Portuguese
Jakarta, Indonesia
31 August 2015 English
Nairobi, Kenya
24 August 2015 English
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 August 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
5 October 2015 English
Mexico City, Mexico
27 July 2015 Spanish
Wellington, New Zealand
10 August 2015 English
Makati City, Philippines 
7 September 2015 English
Singapore
24 August 2015 English
Randburg, South Africa
14 September 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
12 October 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
31 August 2015 Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 October 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
30 November 2015 English
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
27 July 2015 English
Chicago, IL, United States
14 September 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
26 October 2015 English

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

Friday Jul 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

Happy Friday!

We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

 Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

-Chris

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Oracle Linux Users Participate in Salary Survey

Linux is one of the hottest buzzwords in IT hiring. If you can prove that you know your stuff when it comes to Linux, then you can command a fat salary. And what better way to prove that your skills are up to snuff than with a certification?

How much can you add to your income with a Linux certification? Contribute to getting an accurate answer to this question by taking a minute to fill in this survey: http://certmag.com/salary-survey-plus-linux/. The results will be available in the August edition of the Certification Magazine.

Being one of the top Linux curriculum in the industry, the Oracle Linux certifications will feature in this survey.

To learn more about the Oracle Linux training and certification, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is out!

Happy Friday!

I know a lot of folks use Oracle VM VirtualBox to run Oracle Linux VMs. I do this myself every day. The ability to run multiple machines with different operating systems on a laptop is incredibly helpful. For example, you can do Docker development in Oracle Linux on your Macbook. Or if you're running Linux as your main OS, you could have a Windows VM, maybe for some pesky corporate apps that won't run on Linux. The possibilities are just endless.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 was released this week, with a number of key features. Things like:

  • Runtime disk encryption
  • Drag and drop between nearly all host and guest combinations (including my typical Mac host->Oracle Linux guest setup)
  • USB 3.0 support
  • Headless launch support (say you need a local server VM running in the background!)
  • Performance improvements with paravirtualization for newer Linux and Windows guests

And a lot more.

Have a look at the Oracle Virtualization blog post for more details, and go grab Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 here.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday Jul 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Shiny new pages for OSS, Public Yum, and ULN!


Happy Friday and a happy holiday weekend to those of you in the US!

It might be obvious, but the Oracle Linux and virtualization teams are heavily involved in open source. For quite some time, we’ve had a site that describes the open source projects the teams are involved in. This site was just updated with a new look and feel and additional content. My favorite part is a history section going by to 2001. Check it out:


I’m also excited to highlight the new look and feel for the Oracle Linux Yum server (we also call it "Public Yum"):


And you also might not yet have noticed that the Unbreakable Linux Network ALSO has a shiny new look and feel:


Just some improvements to make working with these sites easier for folks. We hope you enjoy them!

-Chris

Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

Oracle Linux 6 Administration Professional Certification Now Released

The Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration (1Z0-105) has been released and you can now book your exam date.

Oracle certification exams are a real proof of your expertise and well recognized in the industry.

Prior to taking this certification you should have passed one of the following certifications

Here are some steps you can use as you prepare to take the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration:

  • Go to the web page for the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration
  • Click on the Exam Topics tab to see what subjects will be covered in the exam. Do a self assessment to determine your knowledge gaps. These are the areas you need to concentrate on during your preparation.
  • Click on the Exam Preparation tab. You will see the recommended training (Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course) and any additional resources.
  • In addition to the Recommended Training course, your exam preparation plan must include significant hands-on practice or on-the job experience performing the tasks described on the Exam Topics tab. Oracle University courses may not cover all exam topics and an integrated exam preparation approach is recommended.

For more information on the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

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