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02.19.14

Red Hat News: Hortonworks, Server, and Fedora

Posted in News Roundup at 8:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A roundup of some recent developments involving Red Hat, its partners, and its desktop-centric operating system

Hortonworks

Server

  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Scores Major Cloud Win

    Red Hat (RHT) is taking off in the world of open source virtualization solutions for the cloud—or it has scored a major enterprise customer, at least. This week, it announced that British Airways (BA) is deploying the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platform to power its private cloud, an important win for a Red Hat product that until now has seen few enterprise adoptions on this scale.

  • Red Hat’s Role in the Cloud, List of Partners Grows (from beginning of the month)

    It’s surely a testament to Red Hat’s prominence in the cloud arena that the makers of key enterprise technologies increasingly want to work with its cloud offerings, and on Tuesday, storage company Inktank provided a perfect example. Specifically, Inktank launched version 1.1 of Inktank Ceph Enterprise, an upgrade that’s certified for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

  • Ceph Storage Gets Solid Endorsement, Certification from Red Hat

    Ceph is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that is playing a big role in many cloud computing deployments, as Patrick McGarry made clear in a guest post on OStatic. He noted: “Ceph, in particular, is one of these interesting pieces that plugs into both CloudStack and OpenStack. It has the potential to transform the storage industry just like the use of commodity hardware transformed the cloud industry. Built on the idea of using commodity hardware, Ceph’s innovative approach to reliability and near-infinite scalability delivers a storage platform unlike any other.”

  • Why There Will Never Be Another RedHat: The Economics Of Open Source

Fedora

  • Fedora 22 To Push For Requiring Packages To Have AppData

    Fedora 22 is going to require applications that want to appear within their GNOME Software Center to ship an AppData file, which is a meta-data specification for providing basic data about the program. AppData is a GNOME-backed specification based on a subset of the AppStream meta-data proposal. An AppData file comes down to an XML file that specifies the basic program information like the license, name, and descriptions of the program. Screenshots of the program can also be specified via URLs. The AppData specification can be found on this web page.

  • Fedora Workstation proposal: ease installation of non-free software
  • Future Fedora releases to be nameless, next release in August
  • Fedora 18 Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Fedora 20

    Dubbed Spherical Cow, the Fedora 18 distribution was released exactly one year ago, on January 15, 2013. The system was powered by Linux kernel 3.11 and it featured the GNOME 3.6 desktop environment for the main edition, MATE, Cinnamon, KDE 4.9, Xfce 4.10, and improved storage management.

  • In the Fedora installer, you can choose your desired desktop (and Debian does this, too)

    I’ve certainly used this feature in the Debian installer to create Xfce and LXDE systems, and I’m looking forward to doing it with the Fedora installer in the future. (Disclaimer: I did my recent Fedora Xfce installations from the excellent live media that are part of the Fedora Spins portion of the project.)

  • Fedora 20 is looking kind of mature these days
  • Future Of Fedora Spins Is Questioned With Fedora.Next

    Red Hat’s Fedora Linux distribution is in the process of being revitalized and will see some major changes this year. We still won’t see Fedora 21 come until at least August and there’s already lots of questions over the future of Fedora under this new “Fedora.Next” shift. How Fedora’s various “spins” will be handled also has yet to be determined given a new mailing list thread.

  • Fedora’s Future Is Still Causing Lots Of Drama

    For those in need of some open-source drama to get your Friday morning started, there continues to be a lot of dissenting views shared between Fedora users and developers over the future of the Linux distribution with the ongoing “Fedora.next” initiative.

  • Fedora.next in 2014 — Big Picture and Themes

    The main reason for that: Fedora.next is a huge effort that seems to make everything even more complicated. It imho is also sold pretty badly right now, as you have to invest quite a lot of time to understand what Fedora.next actually is. And Fedora.next to me seems like something the core contributors push forward without having really abort those Fedora contributors who don’t have Fedora as one of their top priorities in life.

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