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Linux Top 3: Linux 3.0 EOL, Oracle and SUSE

  • October 27, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Linux 3.0 Hits the End of the Road.

The Linux 3.0.x kernel has hit the end of its lifespan. Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced on October 22n that the 3.0.101 kernel would be the last of the 3.0 kernel series.

This is the LAST 3.0.x longterm kernel release.
It is now end-of-life.
I will NOT be doing any more 3.0.x kernel releases. If you rely on the 3.0.x kernel series, you should now move to the 3.10.x kernel series, or, at the worse case, 3.4.x. Note, 3.4.x will only be maintained for one more year, so your time is limited on that as well.

Linux 3.0 was first released in July of 2011 and become the first 3 release after Linus Torvalds decided that Linux 2.6.40 was too big a number. The Long Term Linux kernel title, means that the 3.0.x cycle has a longer life than typical kernels. Long Term Linux kernel can live two years or more and currently the leading edge of long term kernels is the 3.10 kernel.

2) Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 3 for Linux

While the mainline Linux kernel iterates rapidly, mainstream enterprise Linux distribution like Red Hat do not update kernels rapidly at all. Oracle Linux which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) takes a two pronged approach. Oracle support the stock RHEL kernel and also builds its own Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, providing a new kernel based and updated features.

This past week, Oracle released UEK 3 which is based on the Linux 3.8 kernel that first debuted in February of this year.

The kernel we ship is very much standard Linux and not a fork that is a version of a number of years ago with major code changes and backports from various different kernels," Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle "said. "This makes sure that the code we run is the same code that the developers wrote and the same code that has been tested over periods of time by the more current users of Linux."

3) SUSE for SAP

While SAP Applications can and do run just fine on any number of different Linux distributions, SAP has long had a special working relationship with SUSE Linux. This past week, the SUSE Linux for SAP Applications Linux distribution was updated. SUSE Linux for SAP Applications Linux is a special version of SUSE Linux that has been optimized for SAP.

"Tight integration between the operating system (OS) and SAP, coupled with special features only SUSE Linux offers, boost the performance and reliability of SAP applications running on x86 to full Unix parity,"Sabine Soellheim, senior solution marketing manager for SUSE said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist #

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