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Linux Top Three Takeaways from the Red Hat Summit

  • June 17, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

The world's biggest Linux vendor (by revenue) hosted it's annual customer and partner event, known as the Red Hat Summit.

Over the course of the multi-day event Red Hat and it's partners talked about the latest and greatest in Linux and open source with a heavy emphasis this year on the cloud. So what were the top three takeaways from the event?

1) OpenStack is Here

From the opening keynote by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on Tuesday night, to the closing keynote on Thursday from CTO Brian Stevens, the name, OpenStack was always heard.

While Red Hat was not the first vendor to the OpenStack party, it is clear that they are now, all in and fully vested. During the event, Red Hat announced a new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Edition. The new RHEL release is a departure from Red Hat's prior OpenStack plans.

Originally Red Hat had planned on offering a separate OpenStack product that would then run on existing RHEL deployments. The new plan now has a packaged OpenStack with RHEL release. The OpenStack RHEL release is an optimized version that will rev faster than the mainline of RHEL to include new upstream kernel technology faster.

Red Hat also introduced a new Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure bundle that aims to include all the required elements to build a cloud.

2) Red Hat Enterprise Linux is Coming (soon?)

While the big executives were all evangelizing the goodness that is the OpenStack cloud, there are still a whole lot of people that just want to know what's going on with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

One of the busiest sessions of the entire event was the roadmap sessions talking about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. RHEL 7 was at one point, expected to be officially released in 2013, that timeline is no longer all that certain.

In the session, Ronald Pacheco, Senior Manager, Technology Product Management at Red Hat, said that the plan is to have a beta out by the end of the year. There was no official word about when general availability for RHEL 7 might come.

3) ARM This

While the vast majority of the server landscape remains x86 based, at Red Hat Summit there was an interesting contingent of non-x86 too.

Calxeda was among the myriad vendors exhibiting at the event, demonstrating and talking to people about is ARM based chip architecture approach to hyperscale/scale-out computing. Red Hat's Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat, also used the event as the opportunity to showcase what he called the world's first general purpose OS running on a 64-bit ARM server.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when Red Hat didn't have the same optimistic view on ARM. Those days are now in the past.

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

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