Friday Jun 27, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Oracle Linux Newsletter

Happy Friday!

The June 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux newsletter is now available. It contains information on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack, an excellent white paper on the value of Oracle Linux, the latest release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and much more.

Read the latest edition online or sign up to receive it automatically in your inbox every other month. 

The newsletters are a great way to keep track of everything new and exciting about Oracle Linux. Did you know there is an archive with all of the past editions? It's the perfect place to find that story you remembered seeing, but just can't seem to find:

Oracle Linux Newsletter archives

We'll see you next week!


Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Oracle Linux 7 Release Candidate Now Available

It's an exciting day for the Oracle Linux team because the Oracle Linux 7 release candidate is now available for download from Oracle Technology Network! Head on over to the OTN Oracle Linux downloads page and have a look at the Oracle Linux Beta Programs section to get it right now.



Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Become a Great System Administrator with Oracle Linux

What can make the difference between a good system administrator and a great system administrator is the ability to troubleshoot problems. When you take the Oracle Linux System Administrator training course, you get to work on a lab environment riddled with typical problems and you will analyze, diagnose and fix those problems, drawing on the knowledge you gain throughout the class.

You can take this 5-day instructor-led course through:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration. Train at your own pace, following lecture materials through streaming video at your own pace and book time on the lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a list of events already on the schedule to suit different time-zones.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Below are some of the in-class events already on the schedule.



 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 30 June 2014


 Melbourne, Australia

 28 July 2014


 Zagreb, Croatia

 21 July 2014


 Mississauga, Canada

27 October 2014 


 Paris, France

 6 October 2014


 Milan, Italy

 20 October 2014


 Rome, Italy

 8 September 2014


 Nairobi, Kenya

 11 August 2014


 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 29 September 2014


 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

 25 August 2014


 Mexico City, Mexico

7 July 2014 


 Makati City, Philippines

 11 August 2014


 Johannesburg, South Africa

 21 July 2014


 Madrid, Spain

 24 November 2014


 Bucharest, Romania

 7 July 2014


 Bangkok, Thailand

 21 July 2014


 Istanbul, Turkey

 10 November 2014


 Reston, VA, United States

11 August 2014  


 Roseville, MN, United States

25 August 2014  


 Chicago, IL, United States

 13 October 2014


Taking the Oracle Linux System Administration course helps prepare you to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA certificate exam.

Those who have already acquired the skills in the Oracle Linux System Administration course can consider taking the new Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course.

To register for an event, request an additional event or learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Wealth of Information on Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the large library of in-depth information about Oracle Linux on the Oracle documentation site. There is, of course, an administrator's guide, as you would expect. But there are also extremely comprehensive guides on Ksplice, DTrace, Spacewalk, security, and more. Check out the whole set for some Friday afternoon reading.

See you next week! 


Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance

Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.

June 24, 2014
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Register here

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at OCCCIO Conference 2014

The Ontario College Council of Chief Information Officers is hosting their yearly conference at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starting this Wednesday, and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux will be there! Oracle is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event, and if you're going to the conference, please stop by the Oracle booth and say hi. Also, please attend our joint session with Mohawk titled "Mohawk VDI & OVM/Banner Virtualization" on Friday at 10:30AM in room i224.

Our team in Canada hopes to see you there!


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!


Thursday Jun 12, 2014

PARTNER News: Tips and Guidelines from Avago (formerly LSI)

In this blog write-up we would like to focus our attention to one of our IHV partners, Avago (formerly LSI) . Avago and Oracle have been collaborating at many levels for many years.  At the lowest level, Avago and Oracle engineer solutions to inbox advanced features in our I/O device drivers.  We collaborate to test, verify and optimize these drivers in Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Both LSI Nytro and Sun F-Series PCIe flash devices are supported inbox in Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. By collaborating early in the engineering design cycle we can find and resolve issues sooner and deliver to the end-customer a fully optimized platform for I/O efficiency and data protection. 

Hear more about the partnership and benefits in this podcast  LSI and Oracle Partnership.

Avago had also been working on technical whitepaper and video whiteboard to explain some of the optimizations you can achieve by using smart flash cache with Oracle Linux. 

Technical Paper: Improve Database Performance Using Sun Flash Accelerator Card, Database Smart Flash Cache and Oracle Linux

Video: Improving DB Performance with Database Smart Flash Cache

If you want more information about the partnership and product benefits, you can visit the LSI Oracle alliance page

Friday Jun 06, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Network Troubleshooting with Oracle Linux

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our Spotlight this week is on a fantastic new article by Oracle's Robert Chase and posted on Oracle Technology Network. The article steps through, with command line examples, several strategies for tracking down network connectivity issues. From the article:

"When applications that use network connectivity for communication are not working, the cause is often a mystery. Despite advances in modern operating systems, many users believe there is no way to directly "see" what's going over the wire, and that often leads to confusion and difficulties when something goes wrong.

The reality is that you can actually see what's going over the wire, and there are a number of tools built into Oracle Linux for troubleshooting network issues. This article will help solve some of the mystery and make network connectivity a bit more user friendly."

I highly recommend checking this article out, it's a good one!

Network Troubleshooting with Oracle Linux 

We'll see you next week!



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