Bye bye Suse, welcome Fedora

Successfully migrated my workstation @home from OpenSuse to Fedora13 After using SuSE and later OpenSuse since 1994 it was time for a change. I was stuck at OpenSuse because of its excellent multimedia support trough 3rd party repostitories from packman. Last evening another update brought the system down once again. Time for change. Since a long time Fedora does not ship software any more which are problematic because of software patents, such as mp3, different video codecs etc. Since then ….Read More

Rumours about RHEL6 GA end of October 2010

The latest unofficial rumors about the release date of RHEL6 are pointing to end of October 2010. This is a bit more precise than the official statement “later this year“. There are multiple sources of this rumors, so it can be considered truthful but still not as a fact. Hopefully RHN Satellite 5.4 will be released end of September to prepare the infrastructure to be able to manage RHEL6. Have fun!

FUDCon and FrOSCamp Day Two

After the official party called “wired dreams” @StuZ on Friday, I was a bit late and arrived @ETH in the early afternoon. At 14:00 there was the (from my point of view) probably best workshop, it was about Puppet. Puppet is an open source data center automation and configuration management tool. For more information see http://www.puppetlabs.com/. There is also a Swiss Puppet User Group. It seems to mostly active in western Switzerland. The second interesting talk was about collectd, a ….Read More

FUDCon and FrOSCamp Day One

FUDCon 2010 was the first Fedora event I visited, so I was curious about who to meet there. I was keen to visit the talks about different topics. Most of this talks have been great and gave a good overview on the topic discussed. It was a Co-event together with FrOSCamp, so there was also a small exhibition floor where different projects presented themself. At lunch in the lovely restaurant “Hot Pasta” I had the chance to talk to other ….Read More

Rumors about Novell and Suse Linux

There have been a lot of rumors that Novell will be sold. Latest rumors are that the Linux parts of Novell (former SuSE) will be split off and sold separately. Since that got public, there are even more rumors: Which company will buy the Linux part of Novell? Red Hat: Very unlikely, since the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in the EU and USA will most likely disagree because RHEL and SLES are already some kind of “duopoly”. Microsoft: No way ….Read More

RHN Satellite 5.4 release in sight

When analyzing recent Bugzilla-reports and mailing list posts, we can expect a RHN Satellite release quite soon. Why? The main reason for this is the lack of SHA256 support in sat530. Since RHEL6 packages having SHA256 checksums, the release of Satellite 5.4 is a prerequisite for releasing RHEL6. As always there will also be a large load of bugfixes included. Expected new features yum repository syncronising Support for SHA256 checksums Maybe support for SHA384 checksums Support for Oracle 11g databases ….Read More