Oracle Linux customers have a few options to manage and provision their servers. We provide a license to use Oracle Enterprise Manager's Linux OS management, monitoring and provisioning features without additional cost for every server that has an Oracle Linux support subscription. So there is no additional pack to license and no additional per server cost, it's all included in our Basic, Premier and Systems support subscriptions. The nice thing with Oracle Enterprise Manager is that you end up with a single management product that can manage all aspects of your software stack.
A few days ago someone showed me a pricing guide from a Linux vendor and I was a bit surprised at the complexity of it. Especially when you look at larger servers (4 or 8 sockets) and when adding virtual machine use into the mix.
We just released Oracle Linux 5.10 channels on both http://public-yum.oracle.com and on the Unbreakable Linux Network. ISO's are going to be updated on edelivery in a few days. The channels are available immediately.
As many of you know, we are now using a CDN to distribute the RPMS for public-yum globally so you should have good bandwidth everywhere to freely access the RPMs.
One of the great keynotes at Oracle OpenWorld last week, was from Microsoft. You can watch the replay here. I think Brad did an awesome job, very engaging and a very positive partner message. There was a lot of Oracle Linux talk in the Microsoft session, just awesome.
We have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that we can deploy Oracle Linux inside their Azure platform (and also just in general on Hyper-v).
Superstar Saar just released a new set of Oracle VM templates.
I was looking at snmp for a few days and decided to put together a little snmp module (extension) that would work on Oracle VM Server (3.2 and up). In 3.2 we started to include the net-snmp rpms to allow customers to monitor any given Oracle VM server with standard SNMP tools. Whether that be cacti, snmpwalk, even Oracle Enterprise Manager (snmp fetchlets) or whatever tool.
Another frequently asked question related to Oracle Linux is how versions of specific packages (RPMs) are picked.
A Linux distribution is basically a collection of a ton of open source projects that make up the Operating System environment, with at its core the Linux kernel. Linux as a development project is about the Linux kernel specifically. There are then many (1000's) of random open source projects out there and a Linux distribution basically is an OS made up of, at its core, the kernel, and tons of those other projects packaged up.
A frequently discussed topic inside Oracle and also outside with customers and partners is Oracle Linux versions and how to treat updates and support and certifications and minimum levels. Here's our take on it, from the Oracle Linux side.
When talking about Oracle Linux and versions, there really are 3 major components :
-1- A major new release, such as Oracle Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6,...
A major new release is an update of the entire OS, kernel, userspace, all the 1000's of packages that make up Oracle Linux.