27 February 2007

IBM Refuses To Certify Oracle Linux

IBM guarantees its products will work with Red Hat’s version of Linux; although, they are being very cautious in adopting support for Oracle Corporation’s Unbreakable Linux, despite the fact that Oracle’s distribution is a mere clone.Oracle Corporation’s Unbreakable Linux became widely available in October of last year, and is based on the much popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. The only difference, according to Oracle, is the claim to provide cheaper support for their customers.

On Friday, Matthew McMahon, a spokesman for IBM, stated they are not ready to guarantee their software to be compatible with Oracle’s version of Linux. If any compatibility issue is raised between the two, it will be strictly up to Oracle to provide a fix.

Oracle not only claims their version to be identical to Red Hat Linux, but says software that was written for Red Had will run consistently on their version as well; this is still not enough for IBM to support their software on the new Linux distribution.

Instead, IBM is taking the safe approach by waiting to see if any software compatibility issues arise.

“We are going to wait and see if there is traction in the marketplace,” McMahon said. “If clients want it (Oracle), then we will support it.”

However, analysts are claiming that consumers want to be assured of compatibility before switching to Oracle, and this remains one of Red Hat’s strongest selling points. Red Hat provides an assurance of compatibility among over 2,700 business software packages; in which, their products are 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

“What Red Hat is selling to the customer is peace of mind. Oracle cannot do that because it is unable to certify comparability,” said Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research.

IBM’s denial of support, for Oracle, is causing uncertainty with companies in adopting the OS. IBM sells widely used software (DB2 database, Tivoli software) that corporations use to run sizable computer networks. Without a compatibility guarantee, businesses simply can’t afford to take chances with Oracle.

Oracle spokeswoman, Deborah Hellinger, declined to say how the company would respond if it’s Linux customers were to have issues with 3rd party software; although, Oracle may be taking the safe approach along with IBM.

Source: Tech.Blorge.com

21 February 2007

ESR gives up on Fedora

The following letter was received from ESR, who has sent it to a number of Linux-related publications and mailing lists. It is presented verbatim, except for the addition of HTML code.

After thirteen years as a loyal Red Hat and Fedora user, I reached my limit today, when an attempt to upgrade one (1) package pitched me into a four-hour marathon of dependency chasing, at the end of which an attempt to get around a trivial file conflict rendered my system unusable.

The proximate causes of this failure were (1) incompetent repository maintenance, making any nontrivial upgrade certain to founder on a failed dependency, and (2) the fact that rpm is not statically linked -- so it's possible to inadvertently remove a shared library it depends on and be unrecoverably screwed. But the underlying problems run much deeper.

Over the last five years, I've watched Red Hat/Fedora throw away what was at one time a near-unassailable lead in technical prowess, market share and community prestige. The blunders have been legion on both technical and political levels. They have included, but were not limited to:
  • Chronic governance problems.
  • Persistent failure to maintain key repositories in a sane, consistent state from which upgrades might actually be possible.
  • A murky, poorly-documented, over-complex submission process.
  • Allowing RPM development to drift and stagnate -- then adding another layer of complexity, bugs, and wretched performance with yum.
  • Effectively abandoning the struggle for desktop market share.
  • Failure to address the problem of proprietary multimedia formats with any attitude other than blank denial.

In retrospect, I should probably have cut my losses years ago. But I had so much history with Red-Hat/Fedora, and had invested so much effort in trying to fix the problems, that it was hard to even imagine breaking away.

If I thought the state of Fedora were actually improving, I might hang in there. But it isn't. I've been on the fedora-devel list for years, and the trend is clear. The culture of the project's core group has become steadily more unhealthy, more inward-looking, more insistent on narrow "free software" ideological purity, and more disconnected from the technical and evangelical challenges that must be met to make Linux a world-changing success that liberates a majority of computer users.

I have watched Ubuntu rise to these challenges as Fedora fell away from them. Canonical's recent deal with Linspire, which will give Linux users legal access to WMF and other key proprietary codecs, is precisely the sort of thing Red-Hat/Fedora could and should have taken the lead in. Not having done so bespeaks a failure of vision which I now believe will condemn Fedora to a shrinking niche in the future.

This afternoon, I installed Edgy Eft on my main development machine -- from one CD, not five. In less than three hours' work I was able to recreate the key features of my day-to-day toolkit. The after-installation mass upgrade to current packages, always a frightening prospect under Fedora, went off without a hitch.

I'm not expecting Ubuntu to be perfect, but I am now certain it will be enough better to compensate me for the fact that I need to learn a new set of administration tools.

Fedora, you had every advantage, and you had my loyalty, and you blew it. And that is a damn, dirty shame.

Source: Linux.com

02 February 2007

Ballmer and the iPhone

It's possible someone be more stupid than this?


Ballmer is too much stupid.. It's great to se him as CEO of Microsoft: A Monkey at front of a very Funny Enterprise, that *ASSUMES* your laughs at users. C'mon Mr-Developers, give me a phone of $99 that can be equipared to iPhone, you fucking moron.

Maybe he can see this video 6 months later.