Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Q&A About the Latest Oracle Linux Releases

We sat down with Monica Kumar, Senior Director, Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization, and MySQL Product Marketing, to discuss the latest update on Oracle Linux.


Q. What are the latest Oracle Linux releases? 

A. Oracle Linux 5.9 and Oracle Linux 6.4 represent the latest releases of Oracle Linux. These releases are built on top of Oracle Linux 5 and 6 respectively and include updates supporting new hardware and driver features, as well as bug fixes and security updates. For additional details, please see the 5.9 release notes and 6.4 release notes.

Q. Why would customers want to update their Oracle Linux systems to the latest release? What advantages will it give them?

A. Updates play a critical role in the overall lifecycle of an operating system release. An update release provides an opportunity for customers to leverage new hardware features as well as apply critical bug fixes and security updates. Oracle Linux 5.9 is also a consolidation of previously released errata published since the release of 5.8 – and the same holds true for 6.4. As part of Oracle Linux, we also offer an innovative and modern kernel – Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. The combination of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel with the latest bug fixes and new hardware support helps improve performance, enhance stability and enable systems to remain secure.

Q. Why do customers choose Oracle Linux? What do they get from Oracle Linux that they couldn't get by using RHEL or SUSE or a non-commercially supported distribution?

 A. Oracle Linux offers many benefits. Key benefits include:

  1. Technology: Latest innovations (with tracking mainline, optimizations from Oracle Engineered Systems, and Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is the culmination of this technology excellence, offering enhanced performance, reliability and a more modern Linux distribution), as well as unique features such as Ksplice, DTrace, and support for popular file systems including ocfs2 besides the others.
  2. Testing/ Deployment best practices: over 100,000 hours of QA/day using Oracle Linux – most tested distribution with enterprise workloads and over 160 validated configurations.
  3. Support: 24/7 world-class Linux support in 145 countries; by far the widest and largest support network over Red Hat or SUSE
  4. Cost: Lowest cost support
  5. Free Access to software: free download of binaries and patches

Read detailed information regarding RHEL vs Oracle Linux

Q. What does Oracle give back to the Linux kernel community?

A. New Linux kernel development is focused on working with Linus and the mainline kernel community, where we, like other Linux distribution vendors, contribute significant amounts.  Over time, those mainline development projects trickle down into an OS distribution like Oracle Linux 6 through Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel which is a great vehicle – and how we introduce new Linux kernel features into Oracle Linux and provide it to customers. Oracle has a long history of developing open source projects and working with the Linux kernel community. We are active contributors to many features found in the mainline kernel today, including OCFS2, Btrfs, NFS, XEN, to name just a few. In addition, our business model for Oracle Linux is to focus on providing the best operating system for mission critical workloads, and contributing the work we do back to the mainline community. Our git repository for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is publicly available on oss.oracle.com/git so anyone can see our development work and our contributions. In addition, we make Oracle Linux freely available, including all of our errata, whether you have a support subscription or not.

See this link for more on Oracle’s contributions to Linux.

Q. Why is Oracle Linux better for customers than using the most current version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux? What's the value for customers?

A. Oracle Linux including the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel  is developed to provide high performance and stability for mission-critical applications. Users benefit from the innovations and improvements occurring in the mainline Linux community, which we deliver rapidly with Oracle Linux. In addition, Oracle Linux is the most well tested distribution for enterprise workloads, especially Oracle workloads. We conduct over 100,000 hours/day of testing at Oracle using Oracle Linux. Additionally, support of Oracle’s Engineered Systems plus the enterprise application knowledge that we have, is unmatched by our competitors.

The technical support we provide with Oracle Linux also includes important bug fixes that Red Hat may choose not to release. For our customers, these fixes are critical and it is one of the many reasons they choose Oracle Linux. In addition, with capabilities like zero-downtime kernel updates through Ksplice, they receive features that are not offered by Red Hat.

Q. What is being planned for the next release and what is the predicted timing of the next release?

A. Oracle continues to focus on features which improve performance and the innovations found in the mainline Linux community. We are currently working on the next generation of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux.

We expect update releases for both Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 and a new release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel in calendar year 2013.

If you want to know more about Oracle Linux, check these resources.

Resources:

Oracle Linux Overview: Animated Demo

Oracle Linux Website

Linux Cost Calculator (RHEL vs Oracle Linux)

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New blog: Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Development

The Oracle mainline Linux kernel team lead by James Morris works as part of the Linux kernel community to develop new features and maintain existing code. It is globally distributed and includes leading core kernel developers and industry veterans.

They now have their own blog, to share some insights about recent Linux developments with you. Quoting from James' introduction:

In this blog I'll be discussing new and interesting happenings with the team. There'll be some technical deep dives and contributed posts from team members. The primary audiences are technical Oracle Linux users and the wider Linux community.

They just posted their first IETF 86 NFSv4 Working Group meeting report by Chuck Lever - if you'd like to learn more about the latest developments around NFS, this one is a good read!

Harness Oracle Linux Performance with System Administration Training

Harness the performance, scalaibility and reliability of Oracle Linux by taking the Oracle Linux System Administration training course.

In this 5-day class you will:

  • Use Ksplice to update the kernel on a running system
  • Prepare Oracle Linux System for Oracle Databases
  • Install Oracle Linux and load and configure the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
  • Install software packages from Unbreakable Linux Network and other repositories
  • Configure system logging
  • Load kernel modules and configure kernel module parameters
  • Perform User and Group administration
  • Create filesystems
  • Maintain swap space
  • Use Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Configure RAID devices
  • Configure Networking and Networking services (DHCP, DNS)
  • Configure File Sharing services (NFS, Samba, FTP, OpenSSH)
  • Configure Directory and Authentication Services (NIS, LDAP, Winbind, Kerberos)
  • Perform Security Administration (SELinux, iptables, chroot, TCP wrappers)


You can take this live instructor-led class as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. View the Live-Virtual class schedule to choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Vienna, Austria

 24 June 2013

 German

 London, England

 20 May 2013

 English

 Dortmund, Germany

 8 April 2013

 German

 Hamburg, Germany

 13 May 2013

 German

 Munich, Germany

 24 January 2013

 German

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 27 May 2013

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 13 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 27 May 2013

 Romanian

 Istanbul, Turkey

 27 May 2013

 Turkish

 Tokyo, Japan

 1 July 2013

 Japanese

 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

 27 May 2013

 English

 Makati City, Philippines

 8 April 2013

 English

 Singapore

 15 April 2013

 English

 Gabarone, Botswana

 24 April 2013

 English

 Nairobi, Kenya

 15 April 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 20 May 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 24 June 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 20 May 2013

 English

 Mississauga, Canada

 29 April 2013

 English

 Beaverton, IL, United States

 12 August 2013

 English

 Chicago, IL, United States

 13 May 2013

 English

New York, NY, United States 

 17 June 2013

 English

Reston, VA, United States 

15 April 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 8 April 2013

 English

 San Antonio, TX, United States

 15 July 2013

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 15 July 2013

 English

 Schamburg, IL, United States

 26 August 2013

 English

 Southfield, MI, United States

 22 April 2013

 English

For more information on this course or other Linux courses, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

Oracle Linux at Collaborate 2013

Are you attending Collaborate 2013 ? 

Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization teams will be there and we are inviting you to our booth to see the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization enhancements and talk to experts. We will also give out Oracle Linux/Oracle VM DVD Kit and Server Virtualization for Dummies booklet.  Visit Oracle booth #1091.

We also have a great session that Michele Casey, Director of Product Management for Oracle Linux, will be presenting. Don't miss this opportunity to register:

Date Session ID Session Details Product Line Track Add to Planner
Mon. Apr. 8
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
345 Linux, Oracle Database Database

Add to MyShow

Collaborate  logistics:

Date: April 7-11, 2013 

Colorado Convention Center 

700 14th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Exhibition Hall Hours:

Monday, April 8, 2013 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Welcome Reception)

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Sean D. Tucker will be signing autographs at the Oracle booth

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Attend the Oracle Keynote on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. presented by Sean D. Tucker.

Special invitation for Partners in Collaborate: 

If you are a Partner and interested in getting certified on Oracle Linux, we have limited FREE Vouchers available for OPN Specialist Test Fest @ Collaborate 13 Conference:

 At Collaborate 13, Oracle Partners have a unique opportunity to become Oracle Certified Specialists in their chosen Oracle solution area from exams available at the event site. Understanding there are times the Exhibit Hall is closed to your staff, special hours and an onsite location have been arranged to make it as easy as possible for OPN Partners to take advantage. 

OPN certification differentiates Oracle Partners in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Earning these certifications will also contribute to increasing your company's level in the OPN Specialization Program. Oracle Specialized partners are recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers. Make sure you check the exams available at the event site and register early as there is a limited number of FREE vouchers enabling partners to take exams at no charge. Read more and Register today for the OPN TestFest 

List of exams available for this Test Fest includes:
  • Oracle Linux 6 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-460)
  • Oracle Linux Fundamentals (1Z0-402)
  • Oracle VM 3.0 for x86 Essentials (1Z0-590)

For additional information about the conference or to register, visit http://www.collaborate13.org/

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

Free APAC Sysadmin Day for Oracle Linux - March 14


Hands–On Labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

We're taking the very popular OTN Sysadmin Days and going virtual! On Thursday, March 14, 2013, we're going to climb into a virtual platform and open our hands-on labs to you. This time it is for our Asia Pacific audiences. 

You'll be able to perform real-world tasks with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, and if you get stumped, jump into the chat window and ask for help from the Oracle experts.

There's one caveat: you'll have to do a little homework ahead of time. Load the virtual images onto your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly.

This wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do. If you have questions, ask them as comments to the wiki:https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Start – 9:30am (India time)/ 12noon (Singapore)/ 3:00pm (Sydney)
Close – 1:15pm (India Time) / 3:45pm (Singapore)/ 6:45pm (Sydney)

Register online now! for this FREE event
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