Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Join us for Live Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Cloud Events in Europe

Join us for a series of live events and discover how Oracle VM and Oracle Linux offer an integrated and optimized infrastructure for quickly deploying a private cloud environment at lower cost.

As one of the most widely deployed operating systems today, Oracle Linux delivers higher performance, better reliability, and stability, at a lower cost for your cloud environments. Oracle VM is an application-driven server virtualization solution fully integrated and certified with Oracle applications to deliver rapid application deployment and simplified management. With Oracle VM, you have peace of mind that the entire Oracle stack deployed is fully certified by Oracle.

Register now for any of the upcoming events, and meet with Oracle experts to discuss how we can help in enabling your private cloud.

Nov 20: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Belgium)

Nov 21: Oracle Linux & Oracle VM Enabling Private Cloud (Germany)

Nov 28: Realize Substantial Savings and Increased Efficiency with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Luxembourg)

Nov 29: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Netherlands)

Dec 5: MySQL Tech Tour, including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (France)

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Sunday Sep 22, 2013

Don't Miss the Oracle Linux General Session at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

First day of Oracle OpenWorld is over with Larry Ellison's keynote and User group forums and sessions. 

Tomorrow is the first day of product sessions and we are going to kick off our sessions with a General Session with Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion. Don't miss our Monday sessions, mark it in your calendar and drop by to hear the Oracle Linux executives talk about the product roadmap, strategies and technical details. Here are the sessions and demo activities you can attend:

Monday, September 23 Oracle Linux Sessions  

10:45am   General Session: Oracle Linux - State of the Penguin,  Westin San Francisco, Room: Metropolitan II

Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will talk about what Oracle Linux strategy and what is coming in the next 12 months. This is one session you should not miss and people are already registering. Stop by to hear Wim and ask questions about Linux development

3:15pm  Using Oracle Linux as Your Development Platform, Marriott Marquis,  Room: Golden Gate  (For DEVELOPERS)

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

4:45pm    Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment,  4:45pm, Westin San Francisco, Room: City 

In this session, Avi Miller and Tim Hill will discuss common methods customers are using 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 like Spacewalk, or a full scale system management solution like Oracle’s Enterprise Manager 12c.

Oracle Linux Demopods  

If you want to see Oracle Linux Demo and ask questions to our engineers and developers, stop by in one of our Demopods located at Moscone South Exhibition Hall, Systems and Storage Demogrounds, Booth: 1133

Demopod 1:  Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux   (SC-146)

Demopod 2:  Migration Made Easy: From Red Hat and SUSE to Oracle Linux  (SC-144) 

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion

Please also visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021 showcasing ISV and IHV partners that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM If you stop by in one of our Partners booth you can be in the drawing for this beautiful, plush penguin.

Don't forget to bookmark Focus on Linux to access the Oracle Linux sessions and other details anytime.

See you all tomorrow.

Friday Aug 09, 2013

Migration Made Easy: Switch from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux in Minutes

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 Join us for a live webcast on August 27 at 9am PT and find out how you can switch from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux in minutes.

In this webcast, you will learn about:

  • The why and how of switching from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Industry-leading Linux management and high-availability tools (included with Oracle Linux subscription at no charge)
  • Differentiated features, including Ksplice and DTrace
  • Deep testing and integration with the Oracle stack
  • Customer-use cases

With Oracle Linux, you get free access to the most advanced Linux operating system, better testing, integration with enterprise infrastructure and applications, and world-class support at a fraction of the cost.

Speakers:

Monica Kumar
Senior Director, Product Marketing Linux, Virtualization and MySQL, Oracle

Michele Casey
Director, Linux Product Management, Oracle

Register Now.

Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Oracle Continues Linux Leadership with 80% Year over Year Growth for Oracle Linux

Oracle today announced that customers and partners continue to rapidly adopt Oracle Linux to increase the scalability, reliability and performance of their critical applications and systems.

“Epsilon offers a broad array of data-driven, multichannel marketing solutions for many of the biggest brands in the world. Our information systems have been experiencing substantial growth year-over-year, with increased demand for real-time reporting, and high performance transaction processing. To enable customers to interact with a brand in a more dynamic real-time manner, we knew our infrastructure had to be comprehensive, well integrated and scalable. With our Oracle Exadata Database Machines running Oracle Linux, we are achieving transactional processing speeds that were previously not attainable. Oracle’s technologies and world-class support have been instrumental in enabling us to deliver new value-add services and greater efficiency for clients,” said Jeff White, vice president, technology, strategic database services at Epsilon.

Read the full press release for details.


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)

Monday Feb 04, 2013

February Oracle Linux Events: Mark Your Calendar

February is a busy month!

We are hosting free, in-person events all around North America and Europe. We'll cover Oracle Linux overview, unique features, and why it is the best choice for the enterprise and cloud infrastructures.

Don't miss, sign up today 

North America:

Europe :

In addition to these live events we are also hosting a SuSE Linux to Oracle Linux Migration Webcast on Feb. 28, 2013.

These are free events and space is limited. Sign up now.

Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Oracle Linux Newsletter: July 2012 Edition

Check out the July 2012 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter!

It is full of new content including:

  • SAP Certifies Oracle Linux 6 Including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R2
  • Wim Coekaerts and Mark Sunday to Keynote at LinuxCon North America in August
  • Oracle Linux 6.3 Released
  • Oracle Linux at OpenWorld 2012: Register Now
  • 3-Minute Video on how Overstock.com Achieves 100% Uptime with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • Technical Articles
  • Webcasts, Podcasts, Events, and more…

Read it here.

Subscribe to it now.

Thursday May 24, 2012

May Edition of Oracle Linux Newsletter is Here...

INFORMATION INDEPTH NEWSLETTER
Linux Edition
Oracle Corp
May 2012 Stay Connected: TwitterFacebookLinkedInYoutube Blog
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The May 2012 edition of Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available. It is full of new content including:

  • Free download Oracle Linux binaries and erratas
  • Certification of Oracle Database 11g R2 with Oracle Linux 6 and RHEL6
  • A really cool 3 minute animated overview of Oracle Linux
  • Oracle Linux is on a record breaking spree!
  • Linux management demo
  • Find out why Progressive Insurance chose Oracle Linux for their database apps.
  • Technical articles
  • Events, and more

Read it here.

Subscribe to it now. 

Wednesday May 23, 2012

SAP Certifies Oracle Linux 6 including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R2

Oracle Linux Momentum Continues with Partners!

Oracle Linux momentum continues as more and more third party providers now support the latest releases of Oracle Linux.

Joining the large number of ISVs that have certified with the latest release of Oracle Linux 6 is SAP. The certification specifically includes Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R2. Read the details on SAP's website.

Check out the latest technology updates on Oracle Linux and find out why we offer more value to customers.

Friday Mar 23, 2012

Announcing: Oracle Database 11g R2 Certification on Oracle Linux 6

Oracle Announces the Certification of the Oracle Database

on Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Yesterday we announced the certification of Oracle Database 11g R2 with Oracle Linux 6 and Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Here are the key highlights:

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (R2) and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (R1) are immediately available on Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
  • Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g R1 will be available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6) and Oracle Linux 6 with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel in 90 days.
  • Oracle offers direct Linux support to customers running RHEL6, Oracle Linux 6, or a combination of both.
  • Oracle Linux will continue to maintain compatibility with Red Hat Linux.
Read the full press release

Thursday Mar 22, 2012

Oracle Linux Newsletter, March Edition is Here...

The March 2012 edition of Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available. It is chock full of new content including:

  • 30-day free trial of Ksplice for Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers
  • Oracle Linux Online Forum, March 27, 2012
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 details
  • Why and how Dell IT migrated from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Technical articles
  • Events, and more

Read it here.

Subscribe to it now. 

Wednesday Jan 25, 2012

A Tour of Btrfs - I Can't Believe This is Butter!

Oracle's Avi Miller recently presented at linux.conf.au 2012 event. He gave a beginner's tutorial on Btrfs.

Btrfs ("Butter FS") is a new copy on write filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration. Initially developed by Oracle, Btrfs is licensed under the GPL and open for contribution from anyone.

Check out the video!

Monday Nov 07, 2011

Linux Presentations from Oracle OpenWorld 2011

I can't believe it has already been a month since Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco! If you missed the show or want to review content you saw during the sessions, you can now download many of the presentations from the OpenWorld site here:

https://oracleus.wingateweb.com/scheduler/eventcatalog/eventCatalog.do

The Linux sessions can be found by simply selecting Oracle Linux (under "Server and Storage Systems") in the Track field. Or if you'd prefer, keyword searching and other mechanisms are available as well. This site is open to the public, not just OpenWorld attendees. So even if you weren't able to join us in San Francisco, you can go download PDFs of the content that was presented.

Friday Oct 14, 2011

We are going to Prague

Linuxcon Europe 2011 is less than two weeks away and it is in Prague, Czech Republic. Oracle's Linux and MySQL teams will be attending, and participating in a number of activities, including:

  • Keynote
  • Sessions
  • Booth
  • Reception hosted by Oracle's MySQL team

I wanted to highlight a few key sessions being delivered by Oracle:

Wim Coekaerts' Keynote on Friday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 am -- Oracle has been working on engineered systems for a couple of years now. Oracle Exadata and Exalogic are engineered systems that use either Linux or Solaris as the embedded operating systems. You will hear an overview and experience in building of building a complex integrated system. You will also hear what works and what some of the challenges were on making Linux be well-suited for lights out engineered systems that need to be highly available and have built-in diagnostics.

Chris Mason's Btrfs Session on Friday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 pm -- The Btrfs filesystem is quickly becoming a mature part of the Linux kernel. This talk will discuss the Btrfs roadmap and demonstrate some of the newest Btrfs features.

Elena Zannoni's Tracing Session on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11:15 am -- This talk will give an overview and summary of the most current status of tracing development in the Linux arena. There are many different projects providing the user and system administrators with various approaches to tracing their applications, and the Linux kernel itself.

Santo Leto's MySQL 5.6 Session on Friday. Oct. 28 at 4:45 pm -- Attend this session to discover the new features delivered within the MySQL 5.6 development milestone releases, including an improved InnoDB storage engine, enhanced replication capabilities as well as MySQL performance and scalability optimizations. You will also learn about the new features available to the MySQL Community for testing, such as NoSQL access to MySQL. The ""M"" of the ""LAMP"" stack, MySQL is the world's most popular open source database and the leading database choice for web-based applications.

Stop by the Oracle Booth: Pick up a free copy of Oracle Linux 6; talk to Linux and MySQL experts.

Evening Reception Hosted by Oracle's MySQL on Thursday, October 27: Get your invitation to an evening reception by coming to our Thursday session or visiting our booth. Come swim with the dolphins!

Join us in Prague for Linuxcon Europe 2011.

Visit oracle.com/linux for more information on Oracle Linux.

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Tales from the Linux Pavilion...

The Linux Pavilion at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 was a happening place. Penguins were everywhere, and so were our very important partners - BeyondTrust, Brocade, Emulex, HP, Fujitsu, QLogic, Storix, Tectia, and Xsigo. They were milling around with customers, Linux gurus and penguin lovers.

News spread fast and many celebrities, including the following from Oracle were spotted in the Linux Pavilion!

  • Edward Screven - Chief Corporate Architect
  • Wim Coeakerts - Senior VP Engineering, Linux and Virtualization
  • John Fowler - Executive VP, Systems
  • Chris Mason - Creator of Btrfs (and leader of the Linux Kernel team)
  • Martin Petersen - Data integrity expert for Linux and a lead kernel contributor

Attendees couldn't wait to try their luck at winning large stuffed penguins! Some went away happy with their toys, others went away even happier with their Oracle Linux 6 DVDs. The smoothie bar was buzzing with people wanting Linuxberry and Unbreakable Mango flavors. We had bean bags, comfortable seats and a friendly, inviting environment where attendees had discussions with Linux experts from Oracle and our partner organizations.

All in all, we witnessed tremendous interest in Oracle Linux and the support offered by Oracle's partner community. We'd like to thank our partners for being in the Linux Pavilion and for making it an interesting and educational place which drew a lot of visitors.

Long live the Penguin!

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