If you company is running Redhat having your own local package repo is one of the best ways to control your environment. It allows you to update the Repo on your schedule. Then when you update your systems they are all updated to the same level. (Assuming you don’t upgrade it in between servers.) Since Redhat updates the repos multiple times a week. You now can get everything upgraded without introducing new packages in the middle of your cycle. This article gives you a quick walk through to get one setup. Then the only thing you need to do is point your systems to use it rather than the main RedHat Repos. This will also help speed up updates since your LAN speed will most likely exceed your Internet Connection.
Redhat reaches 6.2
Redhat has released the latest version of it’s flagship distribution of Linux. Now at version of 6.2. The new release is not a major release but has lots of nice updates and brings the 6.x stream up to current standards. Redhat is one of Linux’s biggest stars and has had a tremendous track record that has made it a darling of the Wall Street.
Episode 51 – And then there was the linux desktop….
Red Hat and Ubuntu pushing buttons in the community….
Both Red Hat and Ubuntu have been in the press a lot lately because of changes they are making in their distribution. What everyone seems to forget with both companies are just that companies not communities. While they do a great job of being great community members, people will always complain about them. Here is what we gleaned from the posts I read:
For Red Hat the change is just how the distribute the kernel itself. They are now shipping just a completely patched Kernel. This is instead of shipping a patch set for each and every bug release that was available. Who does it affect? The folks that want to look in the kernel. As far as we can tell that’s it. We at Linuxinstall.net don’t think that this is an issue for them and more just a reason for people to complain and wish things were better the old way.
For Ubuntu the problem is more one of a lack of change. They want to push some enhancements into the upstream Gnome package that are being rejected:
Here are the details as described in a ZDNet article:
“The technical problem behind the dispute is that GNOME rejected theUbuntu Ayatana system status indicators. These indicators, and their messaging application programming interfaces (APIs) would be used on the Linux desktop to convey such information as “Whether you are connected, what the time is, whether you are online, whether your battery will last long enough for you to finish your work, whether you have messages,” etc.”
Again it seem like something that shouldn’t be that big an argument. When you are poring your heart and sole into a project though it’s not always that easy. We can’t always make a reasonable counter offer when we feel like we are being attacked.
Hopefully everyone will soon see that these aren’t bad choices just ones that we all may not agree with. We as a community need these companies need to survive and thrive. If they don’t protect their future and go under then we all loose. Both companies are spending a lot of time and money on Linux and it’s desktop. It would be a very different Linux world.
Application Installers Unite…..
According to this article we found, meetings are starting to happen and people are trying to move towards a common Application Installer. So their could be the end of the “My package manager is better than yours is” debates? Well it’s a bit early to tell but it does sound like the big distros are talking about settling on a common package format. If they do go forward with this we can only hope that it’s adoption moves faster than LSB(Linux Standards Base). It would definitely go a long way to help adoption of Linux as a platform. For instance, only seeing one line on download pages like Windows and Mac have would help newbies or people thinking about trying linux be less afraid. When you can create app stores that only have to carry one type of package they become a lot easier to create. We here at linuxinstall.net hope that every linux install will get easier over time.
What do you think? What problems will one package format have? What hidden benefits are there? What hidden problems?
Episode 37 – Top things that happened in 2010
2) This is a running list of things to consider for the top news of 2010
Big Purchases in 2010:
Novell get’s purchased – the patents that went to Microsoft
Oracle buying Sun
Palm get’s bought by HP
Changes in the world of Open Source:
Android shoots for world domination – Or at least Mobile Platform domination
Google TV announced and delivered
Chrome OS Pilot Program announced Beta’s of Chrome OS on VM’s
Ubuntu abandons Xorg and Gnome for Wayland and Unity
Mandrivia struggling/passing away…
Tablet Market exploded with the introduction of IPad and Galaxy Tablet
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