Friday Apr 24, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a fantastic new white paper called "Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI". From the summary:

"This paper describes Oracle Linux 7 features that help IT organizations deploy strategic applications effectively and efficiently. It discusses the advantages of choosing Oracle Linux and how the operating system brings value to enterprise application delivery. It also explores versatile technologies that are supported with Oracle Linux (such as Linux Containers, Docker, Oracle VM, and OpenStack) that allow IT architects to choose how best to deploy and meet requirements for agile cloud and virtualized application environments."

Have a look for some Friday afternoon reading.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Announcing General Availability of Oracle Linux 7.1

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 1, the first update release for Oracle Linux 7. All packages are currently available on ULN and public yum; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 1 ships with the following kernel packages:

  •     Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-55.1.6.el7uek) for x86-64
  •     Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-3.10.0-229.el7) for x86-64

Oracle Linux 7 update 1 provides the latest features and innovations, such as:

  • Linux container support using either Docker or LXC with UEK Release 3
  • Comprehensive dynamic tracing with DTrace and UEK Release 3
  • Production support for Btrfs with UEK Release 3
  • The latest 3rd party hardware support

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 7 Update 1, please consult the release notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription.  This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your development, testing and production systems.  

For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and access to zero-downtime kernel updates with Oracle Ksplice, at no additional charge. Oracle Ksplice is fully supported and has been providing live kernel updates to production systems since 2009, delivering more than 1 million patches to mission critical systems without a single reboot.  For more information, please visit ksplice.oracle.com.

 For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux .

Friday Dec 05, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Tips on Managing and Designing Your Deployments

Happy Friday!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've done two fantastic live webcasts giving you tips on how to better manage your Oracle Linux environments. We discussed using Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Spacewalk, and more. If you're looking to get a primer on how these technologies can help you, have a listen to the following on demand versions at your convenience.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keeping Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure

Have a great week, we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Oracle Linux - The Engine Behind the Modern Data Center

With increasing budget constraints and resource limitations, it’s becoming more and more important to leverage technological advances to squeeze as much value as possible out of your data center deployments. Innovative tools such as Ksplice, DTrace, Linux Containers, Docker, Spacewalk, and more, can help you to deploy and manage your deployments quicker and easier, increasing overall ROI. Join this November webcast series to learn how these technologies with Oracle Linux can streamline deployment and management of your critical IT systems.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Register here

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time 3:00 pm PST

Please note the 3:00 pm PST start time on this one to accommodate our friends in JAPAC. Replays will be available afterward if these dates and times are inconvenient for you.
Register here

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle Linux 6.6

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, the sixth 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.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-44.1.1.el6uek) for x86-64
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.215.10.el6uek) for i386 
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-504.el6) for i386 and x86-64
By default, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel for the specific architecture (i386 or x86-64) are installed and the system boots the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Notable features in this release include:

  • Fully integrated DTrace support with UEK Release 3.
  • Full Linux Containers (LXC) support in UEK Release 3.
  • Btrfs is fully supported when using the the UEK (Release 2 or 3).
  • Enhanced SSSD support for Active Directory
  • A new daemon for Hyper-V, which includes the hypervfcopydhypervkvpd, and hypervvssd packages, which provides the Hyper-V file-copy, key-value pair (KVP), and volume shadow copy service (VSS) daemons for an Oracle Linux guest that is running under Hyper-V on a Microsoft Windows Host.

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

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription.  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 your systems up-to-date and secure.  For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive access to zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice and support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

 For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux

Monday Aug 25, 2014

Ahoy! Cast off with Docker on Oracle Linux

There's no need to upgrade to Oracle Linux 7 to start playing with Docker: we've built it for Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 and released it into the addons channel on http://public-yum.oracle.com. This release of Docker uses the native libcontainers engine by default as well as supporting btrfs as the storage engine. 

If you've already got Oracle Linux 7 installed, don't worry we have you covered: we've released Docker for Oracle Linux 7 as well.

Installation

To install Docker on Oracle Linux 6:

  1. Enable the ol6_addons channel in /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-ol6.repo
  2. Run:
    # yum install docker

To install Docker on Oracle Linux 7:

  1. Enable the ol7_addons channel in /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-ol7.repo
  2. Run:
    # yum install docker

Enable btrfs support

Docker uses device-mapper devices as the default storage engine. To switch to using btrfs as the storage engine, ensure that /var/lib/docker is mounted on a btrfs filesystem. Check Chapter 5 of the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide for more details on how to create and mount btrfs filesystems.

To enable btrfs support for Docker on Oracle Linux:

  1. Ensure that /var/lib/docker is on a btrfs filesystem
  2. Edit /etc/sysconfig/docker and add "-s btrfs" to the other_args fields.
  3. Restart the Docker daemon:
    # service docker restart

Enabling and starting Docker

To enable the Docker daemon on system boot and start Docker on OL6:

# chkconfig docker on

# service docker start

To enable the Docker daemon on system boot and start Docker on OL7:

# systemctl enable docker.service

# systemctl start docker.service

Checking Docker status

To check that Docker is up and running on OL6:

# service docker status

To check that Docker is up and running on OL7:

# systemctl status docker.service

You can also get more information from Docker itself:

# docker info

# docker version

Once you have Docker up and running, follow the upstream Docker documentation to get started. 

Known Issues

Docker unmounts btrfs filesystems on shutdown

If you're running Docker using the btrfs storage engine and you stop the Docker service, it will unmount the btrfs filesystem during the shutdown process. You should ensure the filesystem is mounted properly prior to restarting the Docker service. On Oracle Linux 7, you can use a systemd.mount definition and modify the Docker systemd.service to depend on the btrfs mount defined in systemd.

SElinux support with btrfs on Oracle Linux 7

SElinux must be set to Permissive or Disabled in order to use the btrfs storage engine on Oracle Linux 7.

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

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