Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Oracle Linux: Free as in Speech AND Free as in Beer

One of the biggest benefits of Oracle Linux is that binaries, patches, errata, and source are always free. Even if you don’t have a support subscription, you can download and run exactly the same enterprise-grade distribution that is deployed in production by thousands of customers around the world. You can receive binaries and errata reliably and on schedule, and take advantage of the thousands of hours Oracle spends testing Oracle Linux every day. And, of course, Oracle Linux is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so switching to Oracle Linux is easy.

CentOS is another Linux distribution that offers free binaries with Red Hat compatibility. Traditionally, CentOS has been used for Linux systems which do not require support in order to reduce or avoid expensive Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription costs. Recently, Red Hat announced it was “joining forces” with the CentOS project, hiring many the key CentOS developers, and “building a new CentOS.” This is a curious development given that the primary factors that have made CentOS popular are that it is free and Red Hat compatible.

It would be natural for existing CentOS users to wonder what Red Hat actually has in mind for the “new CentOS” when the FAQ accompanying the announcement states that Red Hat does not recommend CentOS for production deployment, is not recommending mixed CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments, will not support JBoss and other products on CentOS, and is not including CentOS in Red Hat’s developer offerings designed to create “applications for deployment into production environments.”

If Red Hat truly wished to satisfy the key requirements of most CentOS users, they would take a much simpler step: they would make Red Hat Enterprise Linux binaries, patches, and errata available for free download – just like Oracle already does.

Fortunately, no matter what future CentOS faces in Red Hat’s hands, Oracle Linux offers all users a single distribution for development, testing, and deployment, for free or with a paid support subscription. Oracle does not require customers to buy a subscription for every server running Oracle Linux (or any server running Oracle Linux). If a customer wants to pay for support for production systems only, that’s the customer's choice. The Oracle model is simple, economical, and well suited to environments with rapidly changing needs.

Oracle is focused on providing what we have since day one – a fast, reliable Linux distribution that is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, coupled with enterprise class support, indemnity, and flexible support policies. If you are CentOS user, or a Red Hat user, why not download and try Oracle Linux today? You have nothing to lose – after all, it’s free!

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - January 3, 2014

Happy Friday and happy new year! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent webcast from our archives titled "Oracle Linux Management Demystified." It describes the integration between Oracle Linux and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, allowing you to do provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration all from a unified console. This is an on-demand webcast, so it will play as soon as you enter your details. Enjoy and we'll see you next week!

View the webcast

-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 

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

The December Edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is Here!

The latest Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Like always, this issue is full of fantastic content. Here are some highlights:

  • Oracle Linux 6.5 Now Available
  • What Makes Oracle Linux the Best Platform for Oracle Database 12c white paper
  • New Oracle Linux screen cast series
  • Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
  • Customer and partner spotlights
  • And much more! 

You can read the latest edition online right now or sign up to get it automatically delivered to your inbox. 

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Oracle Joins the OpenStack Foundation

Oracle has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation! Ronen Kofman has a little more detail and a link to the press release over on the Oracle Virtualization blog.

-Chris

Friday Dec 06, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - December 6, 2013

Happy Friday!

By now, you've probably heard about the release of Oracle Linux 6.5. One really cool thing about this release is that Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 is installed by default, meaning you get to use all the great features of UEK R3 without needing to do a separate installation. And are there a lot of great features in UEK R3! So, our spotlight this week is on the release notes for the latest version of Oracle's Unbreakable Enteprise Kernel.

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 release notes

You'll learn about Control Groups, Linux Containers, DTrace, additional crypto options, improved diagnostics, the updated btrfs, better memory management, more networking options, improvements for performance, security, storage, and much more.

See you next Friday!

-Chris 

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.

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be Featured at Dell World 2013



Oracle is proud to be a Gold sponsor at Dell World 2013. Join Oracle Linux and Virtualization experts and discover how you can benefit from Oracle software integration with Dell hardware. Our activities include:

Session: Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments

Details: Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Room 17AB

Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle

Find out how Oracle Linux is optimized for Oracle Database and the benefits of deploying them together on an integrated and fully tested infrastructure.

Theater Presentation: Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications with Oracle VM

Details: Thursday, 11:00-11:25am, Expo area (Theater on the right)

Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle

Realize the true potential of virtualization beyond server consolidation using Oracle VM’s application-driven virtualization approach.

Theater Presentation: Dell/Oracle Active Infrastructure 

Details: Thursday, 2:30-2:55pm,  Expo area (Theater on the right)

Speaker: Tom Kopec, Oracle

Get a high level review of the recently announce Dell / Oracle Active Infrastructure.  

Booth  #401G
Come to the Oracle booth on Monday and Tuesday, talk to our experts, pick up free Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD.

We hope to see you at Dell World.

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!

Monday Nov 11, 2013

Announcing Spacewalk Support for Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Customers

Over the years, customers migrating to Oracle Linux have asked for options to provide a transitional solution for their existing system management tools (such as Red Hat Satellite Server) while evaluating and planning migrations to Oracle's Enterprise Manager, which is offered at no additional charge with Oracle Linux Support Subscriptions.  Based on this request, we are pleased to announce support for the open-source community project, Spacewalk, which is the basis for both Red Hat Satellite Server and SUSE Manager.  Effective today, customers with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions have access to a fully supported Spacewalk build which can be setup to easily manage Oracle Linux systems.  

Spacewalk support for Oracle Linux requires Oracle Linux 6, x86_64 for the server and provides support for Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 (x86, x86_64) clients.  This solution requires Oracle Database 11g Release 2 as the  supported database repository for Spacewalk with Oracle Linux.  Customers may use an existing Oracle database license or they may begin by downloading a 30-day trial license from eDelivery.  Customers with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier subscriptions will automatically have access to the channel hosting the supported build.  Please review the release notes for further instructions.

Oracle Enterprise Manager is still the recommended enterprise solution for managing Oracle Linux systems and we want to provide the easiest transition path for our customers.  We are excited to offer this solution to our Oracle Linux customers while they plan and implement their migration to Oracle Enterprise Manager. 

Thursday Nov 07, 2013

PARTNER WEBCAST : Nimble SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Nov 12)

You are invited to the live webcast with Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco where we will talk about the new SmartStack solution from Nimble Storage that features Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Cisco UCS products.

When : Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Panelists:
Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle
John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco
Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage

SmartStack™solutions provide pre-validated reference architectures that speed deployments and minimize risk. All SmartStack solutions incorporate Cisco UCS as the compute and network infrastructure.

In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux 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 

Friday Oct 25, 2013

Friday Spotlight - October 25, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our spotlight this week is on a really cool technical tip on the Oracle Technology Network from Yuli Vasiliev called "How to Launch Linux Utilities from Oracle Database". From Yuli's introduction:

"By wrapping a Linux utility in a script and using an external database table's preprocessor directive, you can launch the utility from within Oracle Database and have the utility's output be inserted into the external table. This allows you to do things such as query operating system data and then join it with data in Oracle Database."

Head on over to OTN to read the full article.

-Chris

Thursday Oct 24, 2013

The October 2013 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Out!

The October 2013 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is here! This issue is absolutely packed with information. Some highlights:

  • Information on the "Why Choose Oracle Linux for Your Oracle Database 12c Deployments?" webcast coming up on October 30.
  • Now Available: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 3
  • Oracle Linux Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2013
  • Oracle Linux Now Available on Microsoft Azure
  • Faster Downloads of Oracle Linux Updates

Plus, videos, white papers, customer spotlights, information on training, and much more! You can sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox automatically, or you can read this edition online right now.

-Chris 

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.

Monday Oct 07, 2013

LIVE WEBCAST:Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle DB 12c Deployments (Oct 30, 10am PT)

You are invited to the live webcast on Wed, October 30, 2013, 10am PT featuring Sumanta Chatterjee, Vice President, Database Engineering, and Monica Kumar, Senior Director Product Marketing of Oracle as speakers.

Oracle Database on Oracle Linux helps customers lower IT costs while delivering high quality of service. With Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Linux, customers benefit from the joint development and testing resulting in optimized features, better stability and higher performance to enable the next generation of enterprise applications.

In this webcast, Oracle experts will cover:

  • Advantages of choosing Oracle Linux for Oracle Database
  • Key optimizations and features such as Database Smart Flash Cache, data integrity, and Cgroups that make Oracle Linux the best performing and most reliable Linux for deploying Oracle Database
  • Tools to simplify and speed deployment of Oracle Database on Linux, including Oracle VM Templates, Oracle Validated Configurations, and pre-install RPM
  • Integrated database and operating system management with Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Real-life customer examples

You will also have an opportunity to ask your questions and chat to the speakers and Oracle experts during this webcast.

Don’t miss this informative session. Register now.



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