Does your company run Redhat and do you have a local Repo?

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. 

Creating A Redhat Package Repository

Microsoft’s Azure now supports Linux…Sort of..

Microsoft has announced that it wil now support Linux.  Well if you are running a few distros they will.  Those would be:

Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2

OpenSuse 12.01

CentOS 6.2

Ubuntu 12.04

If you didn’t notice there is one very large distorbution missing from that list.  Red Hat and Fedora are not there but CentOS is.  CentOS is a dirivitive work off of Red Hat.  So it’s not likely a driver issue.  It’s more likely that it’s a licensing and support contract thing.  We have another story about a contract they just signed so we know it’s also unlikely that they aren’t happy about working with each other.  Check out the podcast to hear us go into more detail about our thoughts on the whole situation.

Episode 70 – What linux should you choose?

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Running Time: 56:08

1) Introduction

Google vs oracle (We talk a little bit about this)
New Open Source version of Elders Scrolls Morrwind…Looks awesome…Who says linux can’t do gaming?
Joe starts the discussion of whether or when it makes sense for a business to switch or jump from one distro to another?

2) News

Ubuntu is going to revolutionize the UI
Ubuntu to ship on 5% of PC’s ???

Skypes Supernodes are being replaced with Linux Machines
Did you know that RedHat would let you host your apps on their cloud servers for Free?
Open Office UPDATED!!!!  After 469 DAYS!!!


3) Conclusion

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Do you want to host an app in the cloud for FREE?

Redhat has you covered and it’s absolutely free.  While it’s somewhat limited you can download a live CD of the software running on the server.  The system is powered by Amazon Web Services.  The system should automatically scale to what ever you need.  Even if you need to expand there is no additional cost.  It’s interesting how little chatter we have heard about it.  The interesting part of this is as much the free download to compete with VMWare as it is that we and a lot of others have missed that this happening a year ago.

Episode 69 – Better Late Than Never

Running Time: 1:00:41

1) Introduction

Gdrive VS. Skydrive and what it means to Linux…

Why not having an app doesn’t really matter

How this can level the Office issue

2) News

Linus wins technology millenium award

RHEL plus IBM hardware = performance!

HP says yes to Mr. Shuttleworth..

Programming Languages Status

Proposed Cispa Amendment

3) Conclusion

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RHEL + IBM = Performance Computing

Red Hat and IBM have teamed up to make some high performance Nodes.  These systems can be either Power or x86 systems.  IBM also recently announced their Pure Systems and Pure Application lines of systems.  These are pre-built systems with everything built, tuned and ready for your applications.  You get the benifit of having IBM’s team of specialist build up and tune the systems for you which is great for time crunched projects.  IBM of course charges a premium for the systems but they configurations are very flexible. You can check more on the PureSystems here.

Episode 68 – It takes a billion…

SuSE is partnering with everyone they can…

While Red Hat announced that they are the first $1 Billion Open Source Company Suse is trying to partner with everyone who wants to.  This article points out that they have now partnered with 9,200 Software partners and 13,500 hardware partners. So when it comes to supporting your favorite hardware SuSE should be the best.  While they are the number two Enterprise Distro they are so close support wise that they are an excellent choice for any size company.  Don’t forget that a free license comes with VMWare and other software. 

Red Hat is a bigger contributer to OpenStack than Canonical…

Red Hat who wasn’t a member of the OpenStack Alliance/Group until this week has contributed more code than Ubuntu’s parent company and a founding member.  The big surprise for some of us here was that Rackspace, someone we don’t normally assocaite with software development, is the number one developer on the project.  They account for 55% of the code followed by Nebula with 10%.  Red Hat accounted for 7.9% and Canonical put up a mere 2.6%.  Sounds pretty lopsided?  Well when you think about the fact that there are more than 150 companies that are part of the group they all look pretty good.  Supporting open products should be applauded by both of these.

HP Doubles down on Linux…

HP has been seeing an interesting trend in business.  Both Windows and Linux are more and more becoming key parts in critical infrastructure.(Yeah we know DUHHHH)  They want to act on this and have choosen to put some money into Linux.  Their first big thing is joining up with Red Hat to work on kernel issues with their hardware.  We are sure there is more to come and welcome HP to the Linux fold.  Check out the full article over at