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 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 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 theinquirer.net.
serverwatch.com noted that Redhat has now extended the time it will support releases from five years to ten years. This is great news for companies that can’t afford to keep updating internal software at a faster pace. Though the support cycle also means that support versions will have to keep that in mind when releasing software. This combined with advances in virtualization mean that we can keep running software for even longer with out updating it. Wait is that a good thing? Well it’s a mixed blessing but proves again that Linux has supporters that are listening to their customers unlike their counterparts that create the closed source OS’s.
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So what is going to happen next year?
Another attempt to pass a SOPA like bill – Brian
Secure boot will be a non-issue and hacked in 5 minutes – Brian
The kindle fire take over top spot in tablet land? – Joe
Hacking will calm down and make me stop changing my passwords! – Joe
Ubuntu will go back to being a great OS and stop tryiing to innovate so damn much! – Corey
Android continues to grow marketshare – Everyone
Firefox starts to pick back up after ending the year in 3rd place – Corey
RIM will add Android to their phones??? – Corey
World will end…Well that’s what the Mayans said at least.
We made it through another year. We will be doing our anual Year in review show and Predictions for next year.
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.