Fedora 22 Coming Next Tuesday and Converting Users

fedoraAt the Fedora release Go/No-Go meeting last night it was determined that three bugs were serious enough to violate the release readiness criteria. As a result, the Final was blocked and a second Go/No-Go was scheduled for today. The results of that meeting are in!  Elsewhere, Jack Germain said, "Simplicity Linux is easy to use and runs fast" and Swapnil Bhartiya shared his secret to converting users to Linux.

Fedora 22 will be released this coming Tuesday morning, May 26, to the general public. The Final Go decision was delayed by a day due to three blocker bugs. Two were fixed before I could type the news up and the other was fixed soon after. So a special Go/No-Go meeting was scheduled for tonight. Two new bugs were discussed in tonight’s mini-review. One involved Anaconda miscalculating the minimal partition size causing a hard reboot during install. This isn’t fixed and won’t be before release although it does violate the release criteria technically. However, since very few people will actually encounter the bug, the release teams decided an errata and setting as a blocker for F23 would suffice. The other, also in Anaconda, is a crash when setting up RAID array. It seemed to involve those who created arrays, deleted them, and remade some. Again, while technically a blocker, it wasn’t classified as such for F22 because the teams felt it wasn’t severe enough to hold up the release. As a result, "Fedora 22 Final status is Go." Matthew Miller said, "Expect the official announcement around 10am US Eastern time Tuesday morning."




Converting users to Linux was a shared goal a while back, but Swapnil Bhartiya never gave up the fight. He said he’s found the best way to convert new users is to move them over slowly. Start with popular Linux applications available for Windows and let them get used to the software first. Once they get used to the software, the next step isn’t as insurmountable as it might have been.  Bhartiya said his guinea pig was "fluent in Linux" within a week.

In other news, Jack Germain wrote Simplicity Linux 15.4 makes running Linux "easy-peasy." Microsoft allegedly threatened the British government over their consideration of Open Source. Red Hat is giving employees free bus passes to help keep traffic down in Raleigh during heavy construction and Atilla Orosz authored an overview of Ubuntu Snappy.

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IBM Centralizing its Cloud Strategy Around OpenStack

Concentrating on the hybrid clioud during a time when it is seriously reshaping its whole business around cloud computing, IBM has announced that it will make OpenStack the central platform for its portfolio of cloud services. Dubbed IBM Cloud OpenStack Services, the new program will deliver a collection of OpenStack-based services for hybrid cloud customers.

IBM has shown some drift in its dedication to OpenStack, but appears to be centralizing its strategy around the platform now. 

In combination with other services from the company, Cloud OpenStack Services are targeted to enable developers and clients to launch applications on local, on-premises installations or on public clouds hosted on IBM’s SoftLayer infrastructure. There will be bridges and integrations between the public and private components.

"As a top contributor to OpenStack, IBM firmly believes that an open cloud architecture translates into significant cost savings for our clients and will rapidly expand the cloud marketplace," Angel Diaz, vice president of Cloud Architecture and Technology at IBM, in a statement. "By delivering a complete portfolio of OpenStack services to the market, we are enabling our clients with what they need to move applications and data across multiple cloud environments without fear of getting locked into a single cloud environment."

Big competitors to IBM, especially Hewlett-Packard, are also trying to translate  OpenStack interoperability into powerful services for the hybrid cloud computing market.

And, in survey results that came from Red Hat this week, the hybrid cloud was shown to be all the rage.  

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Tesora’s TroveSpeed Program Aimed at Speeding OpenStack Trove Deployments

As the OpenStack cloud computing scene evolves, an ecosystem of tools is growing along with it. Tesora, the leading contributor to the OpenStack Trove open source project, cam out a few months ago with what it billed as the first enterprise-ready, commercial implementation of OpenStack Trove database as a service (DBaaS). The company also announced that it had open sourced its Tesora Database Virtualization Engine.

Now, with an eye toward making it possible to be up and running on database as a service (DBaaS) with OpenStack Trove as quickly as possible the company is offering its TroveSpeed Program that includes the Tesora DBaaS Platform along with technical resources necessary to quickly roll out multi-database, database as a service.

According to the company:

"Tesora DBaaS Platform is a powerful OpenStack component and we want to help show you the value it can bring. The TroveSpeed Program combines the Tesora DBaaS Platform Enterprise Edition with all the training and services you need to install, configure, and experience Trove in your existing OpenStack environment."

"You will have the Tesora DBaaS Platform, powered by OpenStack Trove, up and running within hours, providing a simple way to provision and manage databases on demand. Over the 4 week program, you will explore the Platform’s features and quickly understand the benefits it can bring your enterprise."

 The training involves a 30-day program and online training is available, so this represents an interesting approach to getting organizations to implement DBaaS.

Tesora has also announced an update of its implementation of the OpenStack Trove database as a service (DBaaS) platform. The new release adds support for more databases and OpenStack distributions, as well as new database management features, and deeper integration with the OpenStack Horizon dashboard.

Tesora DBaaS Community Edition is available as an open source download in addition to the paid, supported platform.


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Ubuntu Ire and Canonical IPO, Fedora 22 is a No-Go

ubuntuMark Shuttleworth has been quoted as saying he’s considering taking Canonical public. He needs to talk to "his team," but Shuttleworth thinks the time is just about right. Speaking of Canonical, Jack Wallen today said that poor little Canonical is just picked on by the Linux community and the Linux community is only hurting itself. On the other side of town, Fedora 22 is a No-Go tonight, but getting revisited tomorrow.

Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical founder, recently said he’s thinking of putting Canonical up for its initial public offering. IPOs offer stock of a company for sale to the public and bring in an influx of capital to said company. A board is usually formed and the company loses a bit of power. They would have shareholders to answer to and cut in on profits. But Shuttleworth thinks his enterprise is on the cusp of being profitable, in fact, one division already is, according to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Canonical has expanded by leaps and bounds in the last five years or so – they’ve come a long way since being Debian with a brown wallpaper – with interest in a wide variety of products. Not all of Canonical’s projects will be profitable, but it looks like some will. Would you buy stock in Canonical?

Speaking of Canonical, Jack Wallen today said that the Linux infighting with Canonical and Ubuntu is hurting the Linux community as a whole. He said that the animosity towards Canonical is only "because Canonical decided to develop its own tools." I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate, but Wallen continued, "Linux has been at this same crossroad for a very long time — a point where it will take a leadership willing to make the hard decisions in order to force Linux through a very thick (and brittle) ceiling. That’s what Canonical is attempting to do." Wallen thinks we should all rally behind Canonical, the one Linux to rule them all.

Fedora 22 isn’t delayed yet, but it’s not cleared for release either.  Several blocker bugs were discussed at tonight’s Final Go/No-Go meeting, one being that ext4 data corruption bug in Linux 4.0.2. It’s believed to be fixed in kernel-4.0.4-301.fc22, so that’ll probably be marked as fixed at Friday’s special Go/No-Go meeting. Anaconda was having an issue resizing and creating partitions, but libblockdev-0.13-2.fc22 was sent up to address that. The remaining blocker is an ugly looking bug with the liveusb-creator first reported last November. Hopefully it will be fixed by tomorrow and Fedora 22 can be released on May 26 as scheduled.

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​OpenStack isn’t just ready for enterprise adoption, it’s already there

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​Mark Shuttleworth considering Canonical IPO

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, revealed that he’s considering taking the company public.

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