Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Announcing the availability of Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1

We are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta build for Oracle Linux 7.  The beta is available to download from the Oracle Linux download page on Oracle Technology Network.  The Oracle Linux 7 beta includes the latest beta build of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 Update 2, as well the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK).  We are very interested in your feedback and have setup a new mailing list for users to post their questions and comments.  For more information please review the Oracle Linux 7 Beta Release Notes.

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Frequently Asked Questions about Oracle Linux

It is Friday and that means it is time for our Spotlight! 

Our spotlight today is the recently updated Oracle Linux FAQ. This is an excellent document that features some of the questions that everyone asks about Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux support. We cover variety of topics including general definitions, compatibility, support, pricing, indemnification, migration and many more.. 

Here's one of the questions as an example:

Q: What is DTrace for Oracle Linux?

A: 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. It is available to download from ULN for Oracle Linux Support customers. 

Read more in the newly published FAQ.

Have a great weekend!  

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Webinar:How to Save Time and Cost with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Feb 25)


When: February 25, 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


Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 (UEK R3U1) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the first quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-26) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Xen improvements to the block and network frontend and backend architecture
  • Support for the crashkernel=auto kernel parameter to simplify Kdump configuration
  • New feature for enabling static probes in kernel modules with DTrace 
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Mellanox
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Announcing Oracle Linux 6.5 including the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3

We're happy to announce the immediate availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 5, the fifth 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.

Some highlights in this release include:

  • DTrace support has now been integrated in the default kernel and now supports user-space tracing of DTrace-enabled applications via the USDT provider.
  • Linux Containers (LXC) are now supported in the UEK R3.
  • The Btrfs file system now supports the send and receive subcommands that allow you to record the differences between two subvolumes, which can either be snapshots of the same subvolume or parent and child subvolumes. Btrfs now also supports replacing devices without unmounting or otherwise disrupting access to the file system.
  • The OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 2.0 stack has been added, supporting a wide range of Infiniband protocols.
  • Paravirtualization support has been enabled for Oracle Linux guests on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 5, please consult the Release Notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 5 is the first Oracle Linux distribution that installs the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (based on mainline Linux 3.8) by default on systems based on the x86_64 architecture. The UEK R3 has already been released and announced for previous Oracle Linux 6 versions via a dedicated yum repository in October. The Red Hat compatible kernel is also included for compatibility.

For a detailed list of notable changes and improvements in UEKR3, please check the Release Notes for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3.

As usual, 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.

Read the press release.

Monday Oct 21, 2013

Announcing Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux

We are excited to announce the general availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major supported release of its heavily tested and optimized Linux kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture.

UEK R3 is based on mainline Linux version 3.8.13. Some notable highlights of this release include:

  • Inclusion of DTrace for Linux into the kernel (no longer a separate kernel image). DTrace for Linux now supports probes for user-space statically defined tracing (USDT) in programs that have been modified to include embedded static probe points
  • Production support for Linux containers (LXC) which were previously released as a technology preview
  • Btrfs file system improvements (subvolume-aware quota groups, cross-subvolume reflinks, btrfs send/receive to transfer file system snapshots or incremental differences, file hole punching, hot-replacing of failed disk devices, device statistics)
  • Improved support for Control Groups (cgroups) 
  • TCP fast open (TFO) can speed up the opening of successive TCP connections between two endpoints
  • FUSE file system performance improvements on NUMA systems
  • Support for the Intel Ivy Bridge (IVB) processor family
  • Integration of the OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 2.0 stack, supporting a wide range of Infinband protocols including updates to Oracle's Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS)
  • Numerous driver updates in close coordination with our hardware partners
UEK R3 uses the same versioning model as the mainline Linux kernel version. Unlike in UEK R2 (which identifies itself as version "2.6.39", even though it is based on mainline Linux 3.0.x), "uname" returns the actual version number (3.8.13).

For further details on the new features, changes and any known issues, please consult the Release Notes.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 and related packages can be installed using the yum package management tool on Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or newer, both from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and our public yum server. Please follow the installation instructions in the Release Notes for a detailed description of the steps involved.

The kernel source tree will also available via the git source code revision control system from https://oss.oracle.com/git/?p=linux-uek3-3.8.git

If you would like to discuss your experiences with Oracle Linux and UEK R3, we look forward to your feedback on our public Oracle Linux Forum.

Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

Oracle Linux 5.10 has been released

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 5.10, the tenth 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 5.10 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 Oct 02, 2013

Release Candidate for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 is now available

We are happy to announce the availability of the release candidate for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major release of its heavily tested and optimized operating system kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture. It is based on the mainline Linux version 3.8.13.

The release candidate version is 3.8.13-16 and includes additional improvements and bug fixes in preparation for our final release.  As a recap, the features users can expect in this release include:

  • Inclusion of DTrace for Linux into the kernel (no longer a separate kernel image). DTrace for Linux now now supports probes for user-space statically defined tracing (USDT) in programs that have been modified to include embedded static probe points.
  • Btrfs file system improvements (subvolume-aware quota groups, cross-subvolume reflinks, btrfs send/receive to transfer file system snapshots or incremental differences, file hole punching, hot-replacing of failed disk devices)
  • Improved support for Control Groups (cgroups) and Linux containers (LXC).
  • The ext4 file system can now store the content of a small file inside the inode (inline_data).
  • TCP fast open (TFO) can speed up the opening of successive TCP connections between two endpoints.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 can be installed on Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or newer, running either the Red Hat compatible kernel or a previous version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. The UEKR3 beta kernel packages and supporting userland utilities can be installed using the yum package management tool from the public-yum server.

For installation instructions and more details on the new features, changes and any known issues, please consult the Release Notes found on our public beta site.

We've created a dedicated public beta test discussion forum — please join us and share your observations and impressions there!

Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Wednesday is Full of Great Excitement in San Francisco!

How can we top today's activities in San Francisco?? 

First there is Americas Cup Finals where Oracle Team America is about to win, Customer appreciation concert featuring Maroon 5, San Francisco Giants vs LA Dodgers game.. too much excitement going on but we have some great events at Oracle OpenWorld as well.

 Our Oracle Linux Sessions today:

 10:15am Oracle Linux: Diagnostics and Troubleshooting (Greg Marsden)  Westin- City

 1:15pm  HOL: Getting started with Linux Container (Lenz Grimmer)  Marriott Marquis-Salon 5/6

Visit one of our demopods:

Migration Made Easy: Red Hat and SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux Moscone South, SC-144

Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux Moscone South, SC-146

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion 

Visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion to hear why leading ISVs and IHV partners support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The partners attending to Linux and Virtualization Pavilion this year are:  Beyondtrust, HP, Dell, Emulex, SAS, TrendMicro, NimbleStorage

We are also hosting an event in the pavilion :

"Meet the Experts" session today 3pm  with Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering as the guest with developers, experts from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. 

Visit this session and you can to talk to our experts you can get a limited edition T-Shirt and be in the drawing for a cool penguin.

 Have a great day and GO Oracle Team USA and Oracle Linux team !

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Meet the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Experts at Oracle Openworld

Where are these penguins going??

They are going to:

 "Meet the Experts" session on Wed, 9/25 3pm

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021.

Our Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts will be there to take your tricky questions, we will also have our Product Managers, engineers and developers from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams to chat. 

You can also get your hands on a "Limited edition" Oracle Linux and Oracle VM T-Shirt. Don't miss this event!

Are you coming? 

YOU ARE INVITED: Oracle Linux Customer Presentations Today @OPENWORLD

It was a full day yesterday at Oracle Openworld but today is more special because we have two customer sessions and Hands-On Lab. Come and attend our sessions for an insight into how the customers are implementing Oracle Linux. 

Tuesday, 9/25 Customer Sessions are:

Oracle Linux Technical Deep Dive: Reliability, Availability, and Scalability
Yoshinori Saiga, NTT Docomo
Michele Casey, Oracle
Lenz Grimmer, Oracle
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Westin San Francisco - Franciscan I CON9531
Why Is Oracle Linux the Best Linux for Running Oracle Database?
Steve Fluge, Bank of America
Ravitej Animi, Oracle
Sumanta Chatterjee, Oracle
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Westin San Francisco - Franciscan II CON9543

 Hands-On Lab for Tuesday, 9/24:

Oracle Linux Package and Patch Management Solutions
Timothy Hill, Oracle
Avi Miller, Oracle
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Marriott Marquis - Salon 10A HOL10147

We would like to invite you one more time to our Demo at Moscone South, Server and Storage Demogrounds. You can grab an Oracle Linux and Oracle VM DVD while you are there.

Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux Moscone South, Center - SC-146

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion (Booth #2021) 

Also Come and visit our Oracle Linux and Virtualzation Pavilion where our Partners are presenting their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM provide the most cost-effective and integrated infrastructure solution in the market. By taking a holistic approach that addresses all layers of the enterprise data center, Oracle Linux and Virtualization solutions with partner products can help companies transform into effective service providers that support business priorities at lower cost. Visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion to hear why leading ISVs and IHV partners support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The partners attending to Linux and Virtualization Pavilion this year are: • HP • Emulex • SAS • Beyondtrust • TrendMicro • NimbleStorage Moscone South - Booth 2021

 Have a great day!

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Performance Issues with Transparent Huge Pages (THP)

One key reason customers choose Oracle Linux is the investment Oracle makes in optimizing Linux for demanding workloads.  Part of this work includes extensive testing for I/O intensive workloads, like the Oracle Database. A common test used at Oracle to measure I/O throughput and performance is the Oracle Orion Calibration Tool, which simulates the I/O workloads of an Oracle Database. Recently, the Oracle Linux team discovered a significant lag in I/O performance, which was later traced to a feature in the Linux kernel, Transparent Huge Pages (also known as THP). During these tests, our engineering teams discovered THP introduced a 30% performance degradation in I/O throughput. When Transparent Huge Pages were removed from the kernel, performance values returned to their expected levels.

Our engineers have been working with the community to identify the root cause of this performance problem, which also impacts other projects, such as Hadoop. Oracle’s kernel engineers have traced the performance issues with Transparent Huge Pages to its use of swappable hugepages. Prior to THP, hugepages were not swappable. It appears the overhead generated by this implementation is the root cause of the deterioration seen in performance when the feature is enabled (compiled) in the kernel. Our kernel engineers are working on several changes to the code which they believe will improve performance with THP, but the final resolution will take time to develop, test and release.

Due to the impact this feature has on performance with applications like the Oracle Database and the timing of a final fix, Oracle Linux will disable Transparent Huge Pages in the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, beginning with Quarterly Update 5 for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Release 2 (version 2.6.39-400.209.1). To maintain binary compatibility with the Red Hat distribution, the Red Hat Compatible kernel will be left as is, with Transparent Huge Pages enabled. In addition, the Oracle Database team has released an alert recommending all customers disable THP in all Linux systems running RAC and even those systems running single instances, due to instability. Please note that THP is not used by the Oracle Database, the recommendation is to use huge pages. Additional information for huge pages can be found in your Oracle Database documentation or on My Oracle Support.

Our engineers will continue to work with others in the community on a final resolution to the performance issues seen with Transparent Huge Pages. Once a fix is available, we will re-enable this feature in the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 Quarterly Update 5 has been released

We are pleased to announce the availability of the 5th quarterly update update release for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (version 2.6.39-400.209.1) for Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6.  This release includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of bug fixes and security updates.

 Notable changes include:

  • Xsigo virtual host adapter and network drivers to support Oracle SDN (Software Defined Network), previously known as Xsigo Fabric Accelerator.
  • LSI Fusion-MPT SAS 3.0 driver to support up to 12 Gb/s host controllers.
  • XEN improvements, such as the indirect-descriptor feature, which increases throughput and reduces latency for block I/O.

For additional details, please refer to the release notes.

Binary RPMs can be downloaded and installed using yum from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) as well as Oracle's public-yum server.  The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is installed and booted by default on Oracle Linux.  See this article on Oracle Technology Network for details on how to install and update the kernel.

The source code, including the full revision history, is available from Oracle's git repository at https://oss.oracle.com/git/?p=linux-uek-2.6.39.git;a=summary.


        
    

Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Beta 1 of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 now available

We are happy to announce the availability of Beta 1of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major release of its heavily tested and optimized operating system kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture. It is based on the mainline Linux version 3.8.13.

The 3.8.13-13 release also updates device drivers and includes bug and security fixes. Some notable improvements in functionality and new features include:

  • Numerous stability and scalability enhancements
  • Inclusion of DTrace 0.4 for Linux into the kernel (no longer a separate kernel image). DTrace for Linux now now supports probes for user-space statically defined tracing (USDT) in programs that have been modified to include embedded static probe points.
  • Btrfs file system improvements (subvolume-aware quota groups, cross-subvolume reflinks, btrfs send/receive to transfer file system snapshots or incremental differences, file hole punching, hot-replacing of failed disk devices)
  • Improved support for Control Groups (cgroups) and Linux containers (LXC).
  • The ext4 file system can now store the content of a small file inside the inode (inline_data).
  • TCP fast open (TFO) can speed up the opening of successive TCP connections between two endpoints.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 can be installed on Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or newer, running either the Red Hat compatible kernel or a previous version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. The UEKR3 beta kernel packages and supporting userland utilities can be installed using the yum package management tool from the public-yum server.

For installation instructions and more details on the new features, changes and any known issues, please consult the Release Notes found on our public beta site.

We've created a dedicated public beta test discussion forum — please join us and share your observations and impressions there!

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