Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Oracle Linux 5.11 is now available

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 5.11, the eleventh and final 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 5.11 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.

Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

Oracle Linux Training Across Five Continents

The Oracle Linux System Administration course, a top selling course, provides you with a broad selection of key competencies you need to be a great Linux system administrator. And you can now take this course from your desk or in classrooms across all five contents.

You can take this 5-day instructor-led course through the follow delivery methods:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering. You following lecture material at your own pace via streaming video and book time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Follow a live event from your own desk, no travel required. You can choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit a different time zones.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

AFRICA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Nairobi, Kenya

 13 October 2014

 English

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 24 November 2014

 English

AMERICA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Mississauga, Canada

 27 October 2014

 English

 Chicago, IL, United States

 13 October 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 13 October 2014

 English

ASIA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 20 October 2014

 English

 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

 25 August 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 8 December 2014

 English

 Istanbul, Turkey

 10 November 2014

 Turkish

  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 4 January 2015

 English

AUSTRALIA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 20 October 2014

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 20 October 2014

 English

EUROPE

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 6 October 2014

 French

 Milan, Italy

 20 October 2014

 Italian

 Rome, Italy

 8 September 2014

 Italian

 Bucharest, Romania

 27 October 2014

 Romanian

 Madrid, Spain

 1 September 2014

 Spanish

The Oracle Linux System Administration course is the recommended training course to prepare for you for the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA certification exam.

Those who have acquired the skills provided in the Oracle Linux System Administration course, can advance their learning by taking the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course. You can take this 5-day instructor led course as a live-virtual event or an in-class event. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 27 October 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 6 October 2014

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 20 October 2014

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 15 September 2014

 English

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

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Oracle Linux 7 is now available

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7. Oracle Linux 7 offers the latest innovations and improvements to support customers and partners in developing and deploying business critical applications across the data center and into the cloud. Features include:

  • Btrfs Oracle Linux 7
  • XFS 
  • Linux Containers (LXC)
  • DTrace
  • Ksplice for zero-downtime kernel security updates and bug fixes
  • Xen enhancements
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3
  • systemd, a new service and system manager
  • Grub2 as the default boot loader with support for additional firmware types, such as UEFI
  • Support for in-place upgrades from Oracle Linux 6.5 to Oracle Linux 7

Listen to Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, discuss the benefits of Oracle Linux 7.

Oracle Linux 7 is available today and can be downloaded from Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud.  Please review the Release Notes and Oracle Linux documentation for details about the latest features and known issues.

For additional information, please read our press release and visit www.oracle.com/linux

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support

Happy Friday! And for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!

Our spotlight this week is on a new paper written by Oracle's Robert Chase (if you read the Oracle Linux articles over on Oracle Technical Network, you'll be familiar with his work). This paper focuses on the use of Oracle Ksplice -- well known as a kernel patching tool -- as a diagnostic tool to help you when working with Oracle Support. It's really a great use of the technology, have a read below:

Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support

See you next week!

-Chris

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! 

-Chris

Friday May 30, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Value of Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper, chock full of fantastic information about Oracle Linux. From the intro to Oracle Linux - Maximize Value, Minimize Cost:

"This paper describes the savings and efficiencies that an IT department can realize by choosing Oracle Linux as their enterprise standard. It highlights sample deployments and explains how deploying Oracle Linux can reduce operational costs and result in less downtime, improved productivity, and greater opportunities for revenue generation.
"

The paper explains exactly how Oracle Linux can reduce costs, and goes into some of the features of Oracle Linux that can make it more valuable for your organization. Read the paper now.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday May 02, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Implement Oracle Ksplice with your Existing RHEL Instances when you have Oracle Premier Support

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week answers a question that we hear often about Oracle Ksplice:


One of the questions we receive from customers migrating from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to Oracle Linux is: "Can I use Oracle Ksplice on my current systems or do I need to install Oracle Linux to use the service?"  

This is an important question for many customers, since migrating between operating systems usually entails months of planning and a large number of complicated steps. But Oracle has really good news for you. Migrating from RHEL to Oracle Linux is a very simple process, requiring just a few steps, and does not require reinstallation of the operating system. 

This simplicity also extends to Oracle Ksplice, which you can begin using immediately, without waiting for a maintenance window. Oracle generates the Ksplice patches needed to update your Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel, as is, the only decision you need to make is whether you want to use the online service or whether you want to implement the offline client.  

Oracle Ksplice has been supporting users with zero-downtime updates for over 8 years, with more than 1 million Ksplice patches created. Our service is backed by experience and we are ready to support your most critical workloads, whether you migrate from Red Hat to Oracle Linux or deploy new Oracle Linux systems.


 We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Apr 14, 2014

Red Hat Summit 2014

Today is the first day of Red Hat Summit 2014 in San Francisco and Oracle Linux is there! If you're at the show over the next few days, be sure to stop by the booth and talk to our experts.

Oracle: Booth 822 
Monday: 5pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday: 10am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm

One of the things our folks are talking about is zero-downtime updates with Ksplice. Helping users keep their systems up to date and diagnosing issues without scheduling downtime, there have been over 1 million Ksplice production patches issues since 2007. And if you are a RHEL user, you can get a free 30 day trial to try out dynamic kernel updates on RHEL right now. No reinstall required, just try Ksplice on a RHEL system for 30 days by filling out this form:

Free 30 day trial of Ksplice for RHEL users

If you're new to Ksplice, here is a quick overview video:

If you're at the show, please stop by and chat and we hope you enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco!

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

The February '14 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Out!

The February 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! This issue has some fantastic stories on OCFS2, Ksplice, using Oracle Database with Oracle Linux, new customer success stories, and much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox! 

-Chris 

Friday Jan 31, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Ksplice SNMP Plugin

Happy Friday!

Over at our Ksplice Blog (which has one of my favorite taglines, "Rebooting is Obsolete"), Oracle's Tim Hill writes about the new SNMP plug-in for Ksplice, which allows the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager or other SNMP-compatible monitoring solution to monitor Ksplice instances. It's very cool stuff, we hope you check it out.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Dec 20, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - December 20, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone! Just a quick note, this will be the last Friday Spotlight of 2013, we'll pick up again in the new year.

Our spotlight this week is on our excellent new screencast series, covering a variety of topics on Oracle Linux.

(click to jump to Oracle Media Network to play) 

Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment 


Oracle Linux: Maximize Performance, Minimize Downtime 


Oracle Linux – Reliability, Availability, and Scalability


We'll see you in the new year!

-Chris 

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - December 13, 2013

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is one of my favorite videos (and one of my favorite features of Oracle Linux), Ksplice. If you're not familiar with Ksplice, it's really astounding – it allows you to update the Linux kernel while it is running and without needing to restart. It's just amazing technology, and it comes with your Oracle Linux support subscription.

In the video below, Oracle's Tim Hill described a few different scenarios of how Ksplice can be used (click the image to hop over to the Oracle Linux YouTube channel and play the video):

See you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Hands-on Experience with Ksplice, Kickstart, LDAP and More

Develop your Linux system administration skills by taking the highly popular Oracle Linux System Administration course. In this 5-day instructor-led course, you get rich hands-on experience performing tasks including:

  • Installing Oracle Linux
  • Configuring UEK and using key kernel features
  • Installing kickstart
  • Keeping systems up-to-date using Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux Network
  • Keeping the kernel up to date using Ksplice technology
  • Configuring an LDAP server and client
  • Prepare Oracle Linux systems to run Oracle Database.

You can take this course as a:

  • Live-virtual event, following the class from your own desk and choosing from a selection of dates on the schedule to suit different time-zones
  • In-Class event, choosing from a selection of dates and locations on the schedule including the following:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Langauge

 Vivoode, Belgium

 18 November 2013

 English

 London, England

 21 October 2013

 English

 Reading, England

 12 May 2014

 English

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 18 November 2013

 Dutch

 Bucharest, Romania

 20 January 2014

 Romanian

Warsaw, Poland 

 21 October 2013

Polish 

 Ankara, Turkey

 12 January 2014

Turkish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 21 October 2013

Turkish

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 9 December 2013

 English 

 Seoul, Korea

 21 October 2013

 Koreean

 Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

 21 October 2013

 English

 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

11 November 2013 

 English 

 Makati City, Philippines

 4 November 2013

 English 

 Singapore

 7 October 2013

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 25 November 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 25 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

16 December 2013 

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Casablanca, Morocco

 14 October 2013

 English 

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 14 October 2013

 English

 Mississauga, Canada

24 February 2014 

 English

 Ottawa, Canada

 4 November 2013

  English 

 Belmont, CA, United States

 10 February 2014

 English

 Irvine, CA, United States

 12 May 2014

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 18 November 2013

 English 

 Chicago, IL, United States

 14 April 2014

 English 

 Burlington, MA, United States

18 November 2013 

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

2 December 2013 

 English 

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 October 2013

 English

 Beaverton, OR, United States

 4 November 2013

 English

 Pittsburgh, PA, United States

 9 December 2013

 English

 VA, Reston, United States

 13 January 2014

 English

 Mexico City, Mexico

 7 October 2013

 Spanish

 Caracas, Venezuela

 21 October 2013

 Spanish

To go further in your learning, take the Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration course, hearing about DTrace, Btrfs, Containers, Cgroups and more.

You can take this 3-day, hands-on instructor-led course as a:

  • Live-virtual event, following the live class from your own desk and choosing from a selection of dates already on the schedule
  • In-class event, traveling to an education center. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 28 January 2014

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 8 January 2014

 English 

 Sydney, Australia

 29 January 2014

 English 

 Irvine, CA, United States

 6 January 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 25 November 2013

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 May 2014

 English 

 Irving, TX, United States

16 April 2014  

 English 

 Reston, VA, United States

 17 February 2014

 English

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

To prove your knowledge of Oracle Linux system administration, get certified with Oracle Certification. Learn more at http://oracle.com/education/certification

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Oracle Linux at Oracle Openworld 2013 - Update #1

Oracle Openworld San Francisco is only 40 days away so it is time to plan for your sessions and activities. This year's event will be full of excitement with Americas Cup and the Oracle Linux Penguin racing to bring you new and insightful content!.  In this blog, we will talk about the key Oracle Linux sessions, don't forget to add them to your schedule in advance because the Linux sessions get full very quickly. 


  • General Session: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin (GEN9450)

Monday , Sep 23, 10:45 AM in Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II

In this session, the Oracle Linux executive team will discuss the strategy, latest product updates, roadmap, key partnerships, competitive landscape, community engagements, and what’s next for Oracle Linux. The session is an opportunity to learn—from the source—the decisions driving Linux development at Oracle. If you are interested in running Linux for your mission-critical applications, especially Oracle workloads, you should not miss this session.

  • Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment (CON9452)

Monday, 9/23, 4:45pm PT, Westin

This session will discuss common methods customers use to manage their Oracle Linux environment, including tips and tricks for patching and provisioning. Whether you prefer to leverage system tools such as YUM with local repositories, open source projects such as Spacewalk, or a full-scale system management solution such as Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, this session will cover all the different tools available to manage Oracle Linux.

  • Oracle Linux Technical Deep Dive: Reliability, Availability, and Scalability  (Session ID: CON9531)

Tuesday , Sep 24, 10:30 AM in Westin San Francisco - Franciscan

This technical session outlines the key features and enhancements in Oracle Linux, including file systems, Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, performance enhancements, and high availability. It shows you how Oracle Clusterware can be used with Oracle Linux to make your Linux environment highly available and how you can use it to monitor and manage a variety of applications, such as Web servers or MySQL databases running on your Oracle Linux system.  

  • Why Is Oracle Linux the Best Linux for Running Oracle Database? (CON9543)

Tuesday , Sep 24, 3:45  PM in Westin San Francisco - Franciscan II 

In this session, you will hear from Bank of America as well as from Oracle experts about why Oracle Linux is the best Linux for running Oracle Database workloads. You’ll learn about tools for easy installations, including Oracle VM Templates and validated RPM, and how Bank of America is taking advantage of Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux to minimize the downtime of mission-critical databases, improve performance, and reduce cost.

  • Oracle Linux Troubleshooting: Diagnostics and Best Practices (CON9458)

Wed, 9/25, 10:15am Westin

In this session, learn about the best methods for tuning Linux and get tips, tricks, and techniques for assessing and troubleshooting your Oracle Linux systems. Understand the options available with Oracle Linux, including best practices for configuration and tuning and the introduction of new features for dynamic and static tracing with the DTrace feature of Oracle Linux. Join the Oracle Linux product experts who understand your environment and the tools to keep your data center operating at maximum efficiency.

If you are a developer, you may also want to join this session:

  • Using Oracle Linux As Your Development Platform  (CON9459)

Monday , Sep 23, 3:15 PM in Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3

In this session, you will learn about tools available from Oracle that enable you to create a powerful, feature-rich development environment with Oracle Linux. Oracle experts describe their experience and recommended best practices for using familiar tools shipped with Oracle Linux, such as the gcc C/C++ compiler, the gdb debugger, and various tracing tools.  

This is just a sampling of the many sessions you have to choose from. We'll talk more about other sessions you can attend, including hands on labs, and demos in upcoming blog articles. Until then, feel free to have a look through the Content Catalog (search on "Oracle Linux" or other related terms to see what piques your interest!).

Stay tuned for more updates as we count down to Oracle Openworld 2013.

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

REGISTER TODAY: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Virtual SysAdmin Day- July 15

Are you just starting on Oracle Linux or do you still feel you are missing some knowledge on how to configure, install or patch your Oracle Linux? If you answered yes, this event for you. This is our second virtual sysadmin day for Oracle Linux and it had been hugely popular in the past. This is a hands-on experience for all those Sysadmins that are looking for a great training without leaving their office or home. You will learn to:

  • Install Oracle Linux using RPM and yum repositories; create storage volumes, prepare block devices, work with filesystems
  • Create and mount Btrfs in Oracle Linux, work with block devices and snapshots

Come and join us on July 15, 9am-12pm Pacific Time for an informative and interactive session.

See more details and register 

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