Not a lot of work has gone into Red Hat's Plymouth project since the release of Fedora 10, but now in the middle of the development cycle of Fedora 11 we are seeing some new work emerge. Plymouth is a boot splash program that leverages kernel mode-setting to provide a rich, flicker-free boot experience. In the past week there have been a fair number of commits to the Plymouth Git repository, which is the first time it has seen new work since early January.
Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has actively been working on improving power management with graphics processors via the various open-source X.Org drivers. There is quite a lot of work involved, but at the FOSDEM X.Org meeting he shared an update on his progress. In particular, Matthew is trying to conserve power with the GPU, memory, outputs, and displays.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 has been in beta for a few months, but today it has been officially released. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 has improved x86_64 virtualization, support for Intel Core i7 "Nehalem" processors, and OpenJDK is now provided for "out of the box" Java usage.
Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has chronicled his AtomBIOS hacking adventures on his blog that has led to aggressive power management capabilities. By using an AtomBIOS program written by Jerome Glisse to manipulate the clock frequencies, the previously-published R500 documentation, and coding, and he managed to save 10 Watts of power with a Radeon X1300. His yet-to-be-merged DRM code down-clocks the memory frequency automatically when the screen is idle and GPU core down-clocking. Matthew has published this code in his own git repository for early testers.
Late last night Red Hat had announced the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3. This development version of the next RHEL adds in many virtualization enhancements, NetworkManager 0.7 integration, stable open-source ATI R400/500 support through xf86-video-ati (and its Mesa component), SystemTap integration, many new kernel features, a horde of new kernel drivers, and many other changes.
Back during JavaOne 2007, Sun Microsystems had released the fully open-source OpenJDK that effectively made Java a free software language. Just weeks after that Red Hat announced the IcedTea project. IcedTea is OpenJDK but mixed in is some of the code from the GNU Classpath plus other changes. While the IcedTea efforts were led by Red Hat, distributions such as Ubuntu have adopted it for their free software Java stack. Today IcedTea 1.3 was released.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) shipped this past March and about four months later we have the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1. RHEL 5.1 on all supported architectures is a minor update that offers virtualization improvements, laptop and desktop improvements, storage improvements, and a variety of other improvements. The virtualization improvements include complete Itanium2 virtualization support, support for 32-bit PV guests on 64-bit hosts, and libvirt updates. There is a horde of known issues with RHEL 5.1 Beta, but if you're interested check out the Red Hat announcement. The final release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 is slated for later this year.
We've long had Fedora Extras, but yesterday Extras Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) officially opened for yum-ing. This is an Extras RPM package repository for enterprise distributions based upon Fedora, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS. EPEL is community maintained by Fedora Project members and currently there are around 1,000 packages. The official EPEL announcement is available from the fedora-announce-list.
While it may not be as exciting as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the fifth update for RHEL4 is now available for downloaded. When it comes to new kernel features in RHEL4.5, the most noticeable change is a paravirtualized kernel for i686 and x86_64 with installation of paravirt RHEL4.5 guests. Among the new hardware supported is Intel's ICH9 Southbridge and AMD quad-core support. Additional information on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 can be found in the Red Hat mailing list announcement.
Hitting the web today is word that Red Hat's JBoss is planning to move to a similar development model to Red Hat Enterprise Linux / Fedora (eWeek article). Starting this June, JBoss will have a bleeding-edge community edition of its software (similar to Fedora) while there will still be the stable and finely-tuned version of JBoss that comes after testing and stabilization from the free version (similar to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux path). No backward compatibility is guaranteed with the free edition. The new JBoss will have a publicly available source-code control system in addition to the binaries for the free Fedora-like version. This news is coming after last week's announcement of GlassFish, JDK 6, and Java DB 10.2 being available from Ubuntu's Multiverse repository. Will we soon be encountering a heated face-off between Sun Microsystems and Ubuntu against Red Hat and JBoss?
Red Hat has announced the final release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. RHEL 5 is the much anticipated replacement for RHEL 4, and among the many new features added was support for Xen virtualization. The complete press release is available here.
The EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository is now open and available for use. The EPEL repository is the Red Hat enterprise Linux equivalent of Fedora Extras. On top of supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4/5, the RPM repository should also work with CentOS and other RHEL-based distributions. I have covered additional information on EPEL here.
The One Laptop Per Child project has announced new details about its advanced security platform found within these $100 laptops. This security platform is called Bitfrost, which has the principles of an open design, no lock-down, no reading required, and unobtrusive security. OLPC's Bitfrost also has goals of no user passwords, no un-encrypted authentication, out-of-the-box security, Limited institutional PKI, and no permanent data loss.
Red Hat's CEO, Matthew Szulik, has reported that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) will finally ship on February 28, 2007. One of Red Hat's major changes with this fifth RHEL revision is Xen support. Some other highlights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is the stock kernel being the Linux 2.6.18 kernel, new security improvements, and much more. More details on Red Hat's next Linux release can be found at CNET News.
Interested in the future of RPMs? Did you know Red Hat is leading the creation of a new community around RPMs? This morning Max Spevack had issued a lengthy email on the fedora-announce-list that outlines the future for RPMs and where it is today. A copy of the email and discussion can be found on the Phoronix Forums.
The first public Beta of the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 is now available for download. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 ships with Xen virtualization, smartcard integration, SELinux Security, installer improvements, new driver model, and clustering with cluster file system support. RHEL 5 Beta 1 is available in i386, x86_64, and initial IA64 support. The release announcement can be found at rhelv5-announce list.
The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) program has gotten a new name, price, and features. According to Ars Technica, the OLPC program will advertise the laptop as The Children's Machine (CM1). The price has been upped $40 from the original $100 USD, but this heightened price comes with new system specifications. The new laptop will feature a 400Mhz AMD Geode, integrated digital video camera and still camera, 128MB of DRAM, and 512MB of flash memory for internal storage. The laptop will also feature wireless support and more.
Running from May 30 to June 2 in Nashville is Red Hat's summit for 2006. More information on Red Hat's Summit is available at their site. Some Fedora developers have been blogging about the summit and related stories. Among the bloggers are Max Spevack, Dan Walsh, Tom Callaway, and Mark Cox.
At the Red Hat Summit 2006, the public launch of the Mugshot project had taken place. Red Hat's Mugshot is designed to be an open project to create a live social experience around entertainment. At this time, their complete service is only available on an invitation-only basis. Of the activities for Mugshot are Link Swarm, Music Radar, TV Party. Client applications compatible with Mugshot will be available for Microsoft Windows XP and Linux. More on this project is at the official Mugshot web-site.
Issue #18 (April 2006 edition) of the Red Hat Magazine is now available for your viewing pleasure. Some of the Fedora highlights in this issue include articles on Inside Fedora Core 5, Introduction to Eclipse on Fedora, FUDCon Friday, Fedora Reloaded: Episode 5, and The future of the Fedora community. There is also information on the JBoss acquisition and the Red Hat Summit coming up shortly. The magazine can be read at Red Hat. Thomas Edison said genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. This month we pay tribute to the tenacity and sweat of the geniuses of the Fedora Project, who just released Fedora Core 5.
With the LinuxWorld Conference taking place this week from April 3 to 6 in Boston, Intel has announced today with Red Hat that they are launching a global solution acceleration program. This program is designed to help customers plan for, accelerate, and optimize the deployments of Linux solutions. Initially it is focused for enterprise computing. Some of the topics covered at their locations include training and knowledge transfer, proof of concept support, reference solutions and certified solution stacks, application testing and porting, channel and vertical product definition, and advanced knowledge projects. More information is available at the Intel Pres Room. The Red Hat and Intel Solution Acceleration Program operates online and at centers that include hubs in McLean, Va.; Mumbai, India; and Munich, Germany; and 14 satellite locations spanning the globe. The hubs will be equipped with Intel Itanium 2 and Intel Xeon processor-based servers, Intel Pentium 4 processor-based corporate desktops, Intel Centrino mobile technology-based laptops, and Intel-based storage devices, including key pre-production platforms. All of the centers will be located at Red Hat facilities and be utilized by services and solution experts from Intel and Red Hat, as well as customers and other collaborators who participate in solutions deployment.
CentOS, The Community ENTerprise Operating System, almost struck a frivolous legal battle this past week when the city manager for Tuttle, Oklahoma felt that CentOS developers hacked their web-site and this manager wanted to report these "bad guys" to the FBI. What did this problem turn out to be, nothing more than the default test page after the installation of this Linux distribution.... How Jerry A. Taylor could even win an elected position is something. All of the email conversations can be read at the CentOS website. Who gave you permission to invade my website and block me and anyone else from accessing it??? Please remove your software immediately before I report it to government officials!! I am the City Manager of Tuttle, Oklahoma.
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