Put on your new Red Hat Linux

Put on your new Red Hat Linux

Summary: Red Hat's latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 6.1, is now shipping and its competitors are lagged ever farther behind.

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As expected, Red Hat has released its latest server business operating system: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.1. This is the first major update to the platform since RHEL 6 shipped in November 2010.

RHEL 6.1 features optimized KVM virtualization, new hardware support, improved operational efficiency, and high availability (HA) improvements. It also includes improved development and monitoring tools such as an updated Eclipse development environment includes enhanced breakpoint and code generation for C/C++ and Java.

The company also announced, to no surprise, that it's improved RHEL's virtualization and cloud offerings. The company also claimed customers will see faster performance with HP and IBM hardware. You can see it for yourself. RHEL 6.1 is available to subscribing Red Hat customers today worldwide via the Red Hat Network.

Red Hat also commissioned a study from industry analyst firm IDC to examine its long-term total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits. This study compared RHEL with running mixed environments or non-paid Linux distributions. In a statement, Al Gillen, Program VP, System Software at IDC said that "Organizations that are heavily standardized on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and compared those organizations with others that had a mixture of Linux distributions in use, and organizations that were heavily penetrated by non-paid Linux distributions. The outcome of the study found that there is demonstrable business benefit associated with having professional support for an operating system, compared to a do-it-yourself approach. The real benefits came from lower IT staff costs and reduced end user downtime." For the full report, see Understanding Linux Deployment Strategies: The Business Case for Standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

At the same time all this is happening, Red Hat's most direct rivals, CentOS and Scientific Linux, both RHEL clones, are having trouble keeping up with RHEL. You may not have heard of CentOS, but it's the most popular Web server OS of all.

CentOS has been lagging behind RHEL though for the last few months. Some users, tired of waiting for CentOS to catch up with RHEL are abandoning it for Scientific Linux. While Microsoft-of all companies!--is now supporting CentOS was an optimized OS on its Hyper-V virtualization platform--specifically Windows Server R2 Hyper-V, it seems likely that the RHEL clones are going to find it harder than ever to keep pace with RHEL.

That's by design. Red Hat wanted it that way. As Bryan Stevens, Red Hat's CTO and VP of worldwide engineering, wrote recently, "Our competitors in the Enterprise Linux market have changed their commercial approach from building and competing on their own customized Linux distributions, to one where they directly approach our customers offering to support RHEL. Frankly, our response is to compete While Red Hat was aiming this change in how it handled its source code mostly at Oracle, which has its own RHEL clone, Unbreakable Linux, the move has also made it harder for all of Red Hat's would-be competitors to keep up with RHEL.

At the same time, SUSE Linux is under new management. While its new owner, Attachmate, at first said encouraging things about SUSE/Novell's future, since then though Attachmate has cut hundreds of Novell employees.

Add it all up and Red Hat has released a new strong, cloud-friendly Linux at the same time that its Linux rivals are starting to fall behind. Red Hat has long been the dominant business Linux. With these developments, I expect it to become the server Linux in the same way that Windows long ago became the desktop operating system.

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  • Great to see Red Hat innovating. And, all of the profits bases on a 100%

    open strategy.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

      @DonnieBoy

      What innovation? Based on the comments from SJVN this looks like updates to existing functionality plus a few non-innovative cloud components.
      Your Non Advocate
      • Lovie......

        @facebook@...

        Did you change your name AGAIN?
        todbran9
      • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

        @todbran

        Did I say something untrue?
        Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

    Great article Steven.
    Red Hat continues to set the standard in flexibility, performance and quality that customers around the world rely on for their open source enterprise environments, spanning physical, virtual and cloud deployments.
    daikon
    • Is your post an ad or an opinion?

      @daikon

      Sounds like an ad.

      "Microsoft continues to set the standard for software that people have heard of".
      Uraturdburger
      • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

        @Uraturdburger
        It?s my opinion.

        ?Red Hat continues to set the standard for software and services that enterprises use?
        daikon
  • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

    Oh boy, I can see the linux crowd already waiting to start up their compilers. Imagine how long its going to take to compile this one from source.
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

      No compiling required.
      daikon
    • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

      @LoverockDavidson

      Haven't you realised yet, Loverock, that out of box Linux distros don't need to be compiled - you get the binaries. Do you really not know, or are you just banging out trolls to attract attention? If the latter, then I suppose I fell for it.
      colinmeister
    • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

      @LoverockDavidson

      Strange, I installed RHEL 6 yesterday, took about ten minutes, and not a compiler in sight.
      AndyPagin
  • Good for you, Red Hat

    Red Hat has been in there working for and with Linux since the very early days (Red Hat was my first install in 97 or 98). While they may not deserve cudos for earth shaking innovation, they have earned esteem and appreciation for solid and reliable workmanship in Linux. I applaud them.
    Sagax-
  • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

    @SJVN - Could you have any more typos and grammar problems. Content notwithstanding, this article was difficult to read...
    tdogg219
    • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

      @tdogg219 agree completely...isn't there an editor or some process where this gets proofread? Maybe try writing in this new program called Word, i dont know if you have heard about it, but it has this great feature called spellcheck. Granted its not open source, so you may want to look into open office.
      shettinger
      • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

        @shettinger "Granted [Word] is not open source, so you may want to look into open office."

        I agree completely. Too many authors don't proof read. It looks like they just want to rush the story out for clicks. Pathetic.
        statuskwo5
  • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

    "CentOS has been lagging behind RHEL though for the last few months. Some users, tired of waiting for CentOS to catch up with RHEL are abandoning it for Scientific Linux. While Microsoft-of all companies!?is now supporting CentOS was an optimized OS on its Hyper-V virtualization platform?specifically Windows Server R2 Hyper-V, it seems likely that the RHEL clones are going to find it harder than ever to keep pace with RHEL."

    What on earth does that mean? Why, based on the above paragraph, are the RHEL clones going to find it harder than ever to keep pace?

    "At the same time, SUSE Linux is under new management. While its new owner, Attachmate, at first said encouraging things about SUSE/Novell?s future, since then though Attachmate has cut hundreds of Novell employees."

    This is simply a horribly constructed sentence.

    Please, for the sake of us readers, re-read what you have typed at least once before posting.
    tdogg219
    • not just reread the blog,

      @tdogg219 Not just reread the blog, but reread it out loud. It is a trick I picked up from Writers' Digest and The Writer magazines. You will hear any stumbling point and be encouraged to fix it. Too often, these blogs and responses read like instruction manuals written by government agencies.

      Paul
      pfyearwood
  • RE: Put on your new Red Hat Linux

    RedHat should have bought out SuSe and utilized some of its core components instead of watching it die a painful death at the hands of Attachmate.
    bitrate
  • Waves Red Hat Flag

    You go Red Hat!
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~-~ Your Linux Advocate
  • Novell, not SuSE lay offs

    "At the same time, SUSE Linux is under new management. While its new owner, Attachmate, at first said encouraging things about SUSE/Novell?s future, since then though Attachmate has cut hundreds of Novell employees."

    Yes, Novell is under new management, and they have cut hundreds of Novell jobs. There were some open source jobs (notably Ximian) in the cuts, but not SuSE. SuSE engineering was in Germany, and funny enough that's where the restructure has their management heading back to. SuSE in the medium term will be stronger, as they won't be held back by needing to integrate with the Netware based Novell services that were ported. They can concentrate on being a Linux distribution.

    RHEL 6 is newer than SLES 11. They're currently about 18 months offset from each other in release cycles. SLES 12 should ship next year, and that will make RHEL 6 look old.

    And then there's the pricing model - SLES on a VMware hypervisor you only pay per physical host; RHEL on a VMware hypervisor you pay the same amount, but per guest (VM). That makes SLES hugely cheaper and easier to grow with for VMware shops. That's the single biggest thing Red Hat could do as an improvement - fix their licensing on other vendors hypervisors.
    nathanr.au