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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released 231

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Today, Red Hat unveiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, with new features designed to meet both modern datacenter and next-generation IT requirements for cloud, Linux Containers, and big data. The new version includes Linux containers (LXC), which let Linux users easily create and manage system or application containers, improved MS Active Directory / Identity Management (IdM) integration, XFS as the default file system, scaling to 500 TB (additional file system choices such as btrfs, ext{3,4} and others are available), a new and improved installation experience, managing Linux servers with OpenLMI, enhancements to both NFS and GFS2, optimized network management, bandwidth, the use of KVM Virtualization technology and more. See the complete list of features here (PDF). CentOS 7 shouldn't be lagging too far behind due to recent cooperation between Red Hat and CentOS project.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

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  • by B5_geek (638928) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @01:55PM (#47205269)

    I have always admired RH for it's feature set and pursuit of enterprise-related features.
    I do however have one gripe: All the config files are in the wrong place!
    This isn't a real complaint, more akin to a whine. I have been using Debian for too many years on far too many servers; my muscle memory demands that the config files that I need to edit be located in the same place across distros.
    Does anybody know why there is such a difference in file locations? /etc/network/interfaces
    vs /etc/sysconfig/network/networking/where/are/the/damn/config/files

  • by nimbius (983462) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @02:24PM (#47205559) Homepage
    C-Level: Red Hat has a new version of internet, we should install it.
    PHB:right away! PM! Red hat has an OS! lets install it
    PM: Of course! Engineering! how are we on the RHEL 7 project!?
    Senior Engineer: I dont remember getting one did I give it to you?
    Infrastructure group: you never approved our upgrade to RHEL 4 because it required Oracle downtime. You never agreed to the RHEL 3 upgrade because our proxy cant go down or the PHB cant get to facebook. We were told not to upgrade the RHEL 2 fileservers because the PHB keeps his motivational MP3's there. The only machine we have running RHEL6 is the one you made us install four days ago because you attended a webinar..so...i guess we'll have it upgraded by the end of the week.
    PHB: whoa there pump your brakes guys...dont touch that server. if you take it offline i might not be able to get to the webinar next year!
  • by Peter H.S. (38077) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @03:53PM (#47206343) Homepage

    instead of developing an alternative to systemd

    The stance amongst those opposed to systemd was that what wasn't broken didn't need fixing. Some people disagree and think it needs to be fixed and systemd is it. People objecting to systemd largely don't have to create an alternative, they are content with the linux distributions as they were.

    Of course you need to develop alternatives to systemd in order to decay into non-functionality. AFAIK, running a multi-user non-systemd OS these days, depends on a old bit-rotting version of ConsoleKit. There are many more features that will break and bit rot in the future for lack of maintenance; Red Hat, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, etc. won't put resources into developing for non-systemd systems.

    Instead of helping KDE and Gnome supporting non-systemd systems,

    KDE at least I thought purported to continue supporting non-systemd systems already. Gnome 3 developers very linked in with the systemd developers and as a whole they prioritize the purity of their vision over any criticisms. Perhaps appropriately electing to focus on bringing their vision to life to serve those who would follow the vision and letting the rest go on to KDE or xfce or MATE or whatever. I personally don't care about gnome shell as it doesn't serve my needs anymore either, but I can accept that they are caring after their user experience. I also wouldn't mind systemd so much except for the fact it is becoming unavoidable whilst retaining compatilibity with ongoing projects in linux.

    KDE will support running on non-systemd distros, but it will be with reduced functionality. Not because the KDE developers are evil, but because they are offered no alternatives to systemd. Take fx. the new KDE login manager; KDE simply couldn't afford spending developers so that it also supported the rather broken and bit-rotting ConsoleKit. And nobody else has stepped up and offered help.

    Sure you can use another login manager, but it is just an example on how bit by bit, non-systemd distro will have to step up and start doing their own development in order to have functional software. Networking and ntp DE modules, and log viewers, etc. will all be systemd based, with no common alternative in sight.

    Gnome developers have warned for years about current problems; systemd offers really good and compelling features that can enhance their DE, while non-systemd distros doesn't. And because non-systemd distros seems to be sticking their head in ground and denying the reality that status quo can't be maintained, they don't offer any help at all. In fact, snarky remarks and vague conspiracy insults are all they are getting.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @04:03PM (#47206415)

    I am an admin, not a developer

    Then you should respect the opinion of those that are objectively superior to you. System admins are little more than peasants.

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