Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Dec 2006 22:24 UTC
Red Hat Red Hat plans to ship the next version of its premium Linux product on February 28, debuting major virtualization technology but missing an earlier deadline by about two months. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 had been scheduled to ship by the end of 2006. However, the company gave itself scheduling wiggle room in September, when Red Hat released the first RHEL 5 beta; a second beta arrived in November.
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RE[2]: screenshots of this beta
by sukru on Fri 29th Dec 2006 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE: screenshots of this beta"
sukru
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2006-11-19

Incorporating something that isn't even tested on Fedora would be a great risk for them.

RedHat needs to support their major server releases for at least seven years. Such a move could bring unnecessary support issues, which they smartly avoid.

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

True, RHEL5 will have a long lifespan, that makes it even more urgent to make use of the latest research in usability. There are too many pointy haired bosses out there that will judge even a server OS from its looks.

Besides, a server needs to be managed, and the people doing that would benefit from a better interface. You are right that, not testing things like the slab in Fedora poses a risk, but then again, who's fault is it that. Novell managed to include it in their distro long before FC6 was out.

As for the "slab" menu, we are talking about a Gnome applet, i.e. it is a very limited amount of code. It should be quite possible to test it in a relatively short time. If they can't do that, I would say that there are something seriously wrong with their testing procedures.

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RE[4]: screenshots of this beta
by sukru on Fri 29th Dec 2006 11:40 in reply to "RE[2]: screenshots of this beta"
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

Well, my experience is a little bit different. I've seen several small firms and mid range system rooms.

Normally servers are not operated directly. They usually sit in an isolated room, and probably tens of them are connected to a single console switch.

The server operators, and administrators access via SSH, and any X11 application is also tunneled in such a connection.

The only time you use the actual console is for installing a new operating system or doing low level maintenance.

Even in those situations, there are remote access cards on servers that allow full remote operation (access to BIOS, RAID cards, OS install, and full remote VGA cloning).

This is also true Windows 2003 servers. They are usually operated through Terminal services.

So a new "start menu" which will probably cause destabilization is not on potential customers' wish list. (Any organization willing to spend thousands of dollars on RedHat will probably employ competent system administrators too).

Edited 2006-12-29 11:44

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