To nobody's surprise, Red Hat's first major JBoss strategy announcement is that it will offer a bundling of the Java middleware stack as an option of Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers. Additionally, to expand JBoss's footprint, it will make JBoss available through Red Hat's existing channels.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 has been released. This is the first Red Hat Enterprise Linux release that includes Xen based open source virtualization technology. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 release contains virtualization on the i386 and x86_64 architectures as well as a technology preview for IA64. More info here and here.
"This article shows how to secure a CentOS server using psad, Bastille, and some other tweaks. psad is a tool that helps detect port scans and other suspicious traffic, and the Bastille hardening program locks down an operating system, proactively configuring the system for increased security and decreasing its susceptibility to compromise."
"A common task for System Administrators is to monitor and care for a server. That's fairly easy to do at a moment's notice, but how to keep a record of this information over time? One way to monitor your server is to use the Sysstat package. Sysstat is actually a collection of utilities designed to collect information about the performance of a linux installation, and record them over time. It's fairly easy to install too, since it is included as a package on many distributions."
Red Hat Chief Technology Officer Brian Stevens has escalated to new heights the debate over whether the open-source Xen virtualization technology is ready for prime time, saying Novell was being irresponsible and risked damaging enterprises' first experiences with Xen. My Take: So "irresponsible" is synonymous to "being truthful"?
After stating that Xen was not yet enterprise ready, Red Hat today tried to mend the relationship between the two companies. El Reg noted that any reference to "XenSource" had been changed into "Xen" in the article, the name of the open source project at the heart of XenSource's efforts. Red Hat also issued a statement concerning the issue: "Red Hat is firmly committed to open source virtualization, based on the open source Xen project. Red Hat is investing agressively in the Xen project and in ensuring its readiness for the enterprise."
A senior Red Hat executive today maintained the Xen open source virtualisation environment was not yet ready for enterprise use, despite "unbelievable" customer demand and the fact rival Novell has already started shipping the software. While rival Novell this month started shipping the software with version 10 of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server environment, Red Hat continues to have a lack of confidence in the virtualisation newcomer.
Red Hat watched its stock tumble 6.4% on Thursday as Wall Street digested the open-source software firm's latest results and details on the drag its recent JBoss acquisition will have on its profit this year.
Red Hat will announce its latest quarterly earnings today, and if the outlook of its partners provides any clue the report should be good for shareholders – as well as in future quarters. Especially interesting in a Wall Street analyst's recent report is a finding that 45% of Red Hat’s partners are seeing customers migrating from Windows to Red Hat. That trend could be a tremendous growth indicator for the Hatters since Microsoft dominates world markets and much of Red Hat's growth in the past has come at the expense of Unix or other Linux providers.
Red Hat announced compatibility certification with Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language definitions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 security advisories. Red Hat will now produce and support OVAL patch definitions to provide a structured and machine-readable version of advisories, allowing OVAL-compatible tools to accurately test for the presence of vulnerabilities.
"Centos is an enterprise class Linux distribution that is built from the sources of Red Hat . It performs very well as a server as well as a workstation. This guide will show you how to quickly install and configure Centos as a server with Apache 2, Qmail and Proftpd on an x86 (32 bit) system."
Red Hat has published some of the keynotes from the Red Hat Summit. "We've barely had time to unpack our suitcases, but we did manage to bring back a few party favors from this month's Red Hat Summit. Watch the keynote speeches, get updates on our announcements, and take a taste of Music City, open source style."
While some just talk about the quality of open source software, Red Hat said it's actually doing something about it. Commercial Linux vendor Red Hat announced at the company's annual Red Hat Summit last week that it is launching a project directed squarely at quality assurance.
"Red Hat today announced the completion of its acquisition of JBoss. By acquiring JBoss Red Hat is now positioned to accelerate the shift to service-oriented architectures and enable the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform."
The Dogtail and Autobuild automated certification and testing tools will be offered to customers as part of Fedora initially, but could become a commercial value-added service in the future, Red Hat's CEO said at a conference this week. Red Hat is on track to ship its Enterprise Linux 5 by the end of the year but certification, testing and standardizing the testing process have become more important to customers than the operating system, its CEO said.
Three or four years ago, open-source providers enjoyed plenty of attention. But now some of the disruptive energy seems to have dropped away, as attention turns increasingly to the collaborative potential of the Web. Google and the buzzword du jour, Web 2.0, are capturing the attention once enjoyed by the struggle between Linux, Windows and Unix. ZDNet UK sat down with Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik at the company's user summit in Nashville for a brief discussion on how he intends to keep his company on the cutting edge and battle the biggest threats to its future success.
"This is a detailed description how to set up a CentOS 4.3 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.). This tutorial is written for the 64-bit version of CentOS 4.3, but should apply to the 32-bit version with very little modifications as well."
"Red Hat today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JBoss. By acquiring JBoss, Red Hat expects to accelerate the shift to service-oriented architectures, by enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, open source platform."
Intel and Red Hat announced plans to open more than a dozen centers where customers and business partners can make sure their software works well on Linux and the latest hardware. They plan to open three major centers at Red Hat offices and 14 smaller satellite facilities so that programmers can get their software working with new features such as virtualization.
Red Hat is going through a growth spurt as companies become more comfortable with its software as an alternative to Windows and profits fuel the expansion, executives with the developer of open source software said Tuesday. Profitability expanded even as Red Hat grew to more than 1200 employees.