RHEL 5 turns 3, Suggestions for Red Hat

Posted by dowdle on Mar 16, 2010 3:06 AM EDT
montanalinux.org; By Scott Dowdle
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (Tikanga) was released on March 14, 2007 and yesterday was RHEL 5's 3rd birthday. Since then we have gotten 4 update releases. Given the fact that Red Hat original plan was to have a new RHEL release every 18 - 24 months, one has to wonder where RHEL 6 is and why it is so late. My best guess is that RHEL 6 (which so far has had a non-public alpha release within Red Hat as witnessed in some Bugzilla reports) will come out sometime this summer... possibly in time for the Red Hat Summit in Boston (June 22-25, 2010). For that to happen I would expect a public beta for RHEL 6 to be released in the not too distant future. We'll see how that pans out. While we are waiting, how about some idle discussion?

Virtualization - Red Hat has decided to become a full-blown virtualization company by merging with Qumranet, releasing KVM support in RHEL 5.4 and by releasing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers last November. RHEV for Desktops is currently in beta and expected to be released sometime this year. Unfortunately the current release is based on a Microsoft Windows-based management app but they are in the process of changing that. I have taken RHEV for Servers for a test drive. It seems to be a fairly competent product even in its current release BUT it seems designed for higher end environments. It also has quite a bit of maturing to do even if it does have most all of the features as it can be quite cranky at times.

What I'd like to see is Red Hat release their RHEV-Hypervisor product freely both in binary and source form... which the later is already available I believe. They'd also have to tack some sort of minimal web-based management system on top of that. Basically what I'm asking for is a version of RHEV that is similar to VMware ESXi. I realize that Red Hat is almost there because much of the underlying support software is freely available (KVM, libvirt, virt-manager, virt-install, etc) in Fedora... but not really as a very light-weight turnkey solution. They will probably point to the fact that they sponsor oVirt and that it is out there but again, it is quite more complicated than a small to medium sized business needs.

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