Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Summary: Red Hat Linux has always been open source, but now the Linux power is inviting users as well as developers, to help shape the next generation of its operating system.

TOPICS: Linux, Open Source

Red Hat, the world's leading Linux company, is asking its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) users to help set the features for its next release RHEL 7. Of course, Red Hat is based on open-source Linux, and, in particular its Fedora community Linux operating system. There, the developers call the shots. Now the company is seeking the active help of its RHEL users as well.

This is going to be done in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Ideas discussion group on the Red Hat Customer Portal. According to the company, the "RHEL 7 Ideas discussion group is an extension to the interactive processes already underway with partners, customers and contributors in the open source community. It provides a venue for sharing thoughts and use cases and is invaluable to Red Hat engineering development groups. Access to the Red Hat Customer Portal, which includes a wealth of Red Hat Enterprise Linux information and knowledge, is provided as an important component of every Red Hat subscription."

"Since its inception, Red Hat has always operated in a truly transparent and collaborative way--the open source way--and this is especially apparent in the way we approach product development," said Jim Totton, Red Hat's VP and general manager of its Platform Business Unit. "We welcome all of our customers and partners to participate in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Ideas group and collaborate with other users and Red Hat engineering to make the next version of our enterprise operating system better than ever."

In an e-mail interview, Totton explained that the main differences between Fedora and this new group are the "audience and scope. Fedora targets contributors and users of Open Source technology with a broad set of technologies. Red Hat Enterprise Linux targets enterprise IT with a relevant set of features and technologies. Those two worlds do obviously overlap - as Red Hat Enterprise Linux also gets created on top of a Fedora foundation -- but are not the same."

Totton continued: "The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Ideas Discussion group specifically provides the opportunity to share, discuss and listen to Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribing customers and partners which creates the opportunity to learn from peers on a company and individual level. This enables us to gain insights and feedback and improve Red Hat's understanding of what better solutions should be delivered."

"RHEL enterprise users are the key audience rather than the developers pushing the technology forward in Fedora. The primary audience in the customer portal is the technical staff in the Red Hat subscriber base--customers, ISV/IHV partners or solution providers, as well as resellers and system integrators. While we would certainly not exclude C-level, it is less likely for those to engage in collaboration about the next generation product," concluded Totton.

"Having a formal process that allows customers to influence new features and overall product direction can be beneficial for vendors and customers alike," said Elaina Stergiades, IDC's research manager for Software Support Services, in a statement. "By including this capability in an online portal, software support providers can simplify the feedback process and increase engagement between internal staff and customers - providing expanded benefits and additional value for support subscriptions."

To participate in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Ideas discussion group, Red Hat subscribers can log into the Red Hat Customer Portal using their Red Hat Network (RHN) log in and click on the discussion group link on the front page.

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  • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    If RHEL is just like CENT OS then it is really hurting as a Desktop! I had just installed the CENT 6 and finding apps for that platform was hell! I put Ubuntu on it and will be using CENT as a VM to learn the Red Hat Way.
    • RHEL is not a desktop system.....

      @Peter Perry
      RHEL is an Enterprise Server linux OS...therefore it will be missing desktop applications because that is not what it was designed for.

      As for Cent OS, it was a derived fork of older RedHat desktop software, so it will not be anything like RHEL at this point.
      linux for me
      • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

        @linux for me No, they both make a desktop version as well and it is very stable as well as fast but again, no applications.

        Also, research this stuff, CENT is not a fork but rather a free version of RHEL with all Red Hat branding removed, it still uses the exact same code base as the current RHEL right down to the new Upstart Implementation.
      • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

        @linux for me The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop is designed for the enterprise, including both administrators and end users. Why do you think that Red Hat is among the corporate LibreOffice supporters? It's not charity. More here:

        It is not designed for consumers as Red Hat gave up on that market a few years ago.

        Ditto for CentOS.

        @Peter Perry Why don't you give Scientific Linux (another Red Hat derivative) a try? It includes more apps and codecs than Red Hat and CentOS.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
    • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

      @Peter Perry Redhat is in a precarious position. They have to be very careful to not include any app that even comes close to infringing some bogus software patent. As one of the big Linux vendors, there are many companies watching and waiting to pounce on the smallest perceived violation by Redhat.
      Because of this, Redhat includes only completely open-source apps, codecs and plugins, making a less than ideal desktop out of the box. But all the apps, codecs and plugins are available for Redhat, and every other Linux, if you know where to look.

      Try adding the RPMFusion repo to your Redhat install and you will see a whole new world of apps, codecs, and plugins. Also, Fedora 12 through 15 packages are directly compatible with Redhat EL 6.x.
      • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

        @anothercanuck Already wiped it and went with Ubuntu for now...

        Honestly, Ubuntu 11.04 is crazy fast and I might stick with it! I don't remember Ubuntu being this quick in the past.
  • Translation

    We need some free developers.
    • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

      @NoAxToGrind As you are a Windows guy, I can understand why you can't fathom an OS vendor asking for user/admin/developer input.
      • Many companies, Microsoft included

        ask users, admins, developers what they are looking for in a server OS.
        Tim Cook
  • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    <b> i cant believe this,me and my friend just got two i-phones for $43.78 each and a $25 gift card for $4the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you go here </b>
  • RE: Red Hat invites users to help create the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    I ran Red Hat Linux for several years, then Red Hat decided that they didn't need users like me and broke a really good Linux release up into workstation, server and enterprise versions, and no longer had the integrated all-in-one version I needed for my purposes. They were interested only in big business as a user base. Fine. I've switched to Ubuntu for personal use, and my company uses SuSe with good success. Red Hat is on its own as far as I'm concerned.
  • And this is why Red Hat (and open source) is so successful

    A very good move on Red Hat's part. The community is the most powerful feature of open source. I have been using Red Hat Linux and now Fedora for years, because of Red Hat's commitment to the community. Very happy to see this.