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2010 Was a Big Linux Year - page 2

Kernel, Android vs. Linux

  • December 22, 2010
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Red Hat / Fedora

2010 was also a very busy year for Linux distribution vendors. At the top of the list is Red Hat's release of of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) the first major update to Red Hat's flagship platform since 2007. RHEL 6 provides new virtualization, cloud, security and performance features to Red Hat's premier enterprise Linux offering.

The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Linux distribution also had a busy year, with a new Fedora Project Leader talking the helm and two distribution releases. Fedora 14 debuted in November including the new OpenSCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) improving security standardization in Linux.

Fedora 14 was the first Fedora release led by new Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith, who took over from the outgoing Paul Frields.

Fedora 13 debuted at the end of May including improved virtualization capabilities, along with other developer, desktop and server improvements.

Canonical / Ubuntu

2010 was also a major year of transition for Canonical and its Ubuntu Linux distribution. At the end of April, Ubuntu Linux 10.4, the Lucid Lynx debuted as a Long Term Support (LTS) release.

Lucid was the first Ubuntu release since Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth stepped aside as the CEO of Canonical, earlier in the year. One of the key areas of focus for Canonical in the Lucid release was an expanded partner ecosystem as well as a improved cloud computing capabilities.

In October, Canonical further expanded the cloud capabilities of Ubuntu with the 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release. With Maverick, Ubuntu introduced the concept of a personal cloud with new user data content synchronization as well as an improved mechanism for acquiring new software.

 

Novell / OpenSUSE

For enterprise Linux vendor Novell, 2010 is a year that won't easily be forgotten either. Novell continued to push forward its vision for Linux software appliances, expanding partnerships and providing enhanced capabilities for SAP, VMwareand IBM.

Novell also updated its flagship SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 with a Service Pack 1 update that rebased the Linux kernel and includes new virtualization capabilities.

From the community side, the Novell sponsored openSUSE Linux distribution released version 11.3 in July providing support for the next generation BTRFS filesystem.

Perhaps the biggest news affecting Novell and by extension the entire Linux industry in 2010 was the announcement that Novell is being sold off to Attachmate for $2.2 billion. Novell is separately selling off a portfolio of over 800 patents to a consortium that includes Microsoft, EMC, Apple and Oracle.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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