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[News] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 Compared to CentOS, Others; Powers Dial

  • Subject: [News] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 Compared to CentOS, Others; Powers Dial
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:48:02 +0100
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 Beta 2 Benchmarks Against Ubuntu, CentOS, openSUSE

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| Following the release of the first beta 
| for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 back in 
| April we delivered our first RHEL 6.0 
| benchmarks while putting it up against 
| CentOS 5.4 and Fedora 12. Now that the 
| second beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 
| 6.0 was released last week, we took the 
| workstation build and have benchmarked it 
| against the latest releases of Ubuntu, 
| CentOS, and openSUSE.


Red Hat powers Just Dialâs IT infrastructure

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| Just Dial currently has more than 200 
| servers with its mission-critical Intranet 
| and extranet applications running on Red 
| Hat Enterprise Linux 



Jim Whitehurst is CEO and Chief Plumber at Red Hat

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| That's certainly borne out by the recent
| top500 supercomputer listings, where 91 per
| cent of the world's fastest supercomputers
| run some form of GNU/Linux (Windows runs on
| 1%), the fact that the open source Apache
| Web server well over half of the Web â as it
| has for the last 10 years - and the near-
| parity in Europe of Firefox's market share
| with Microsoft's Internet Explorer.


Open source could be a success story, too: Red Hat CEO

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| Coming from an airline, the 42-year-old Mr
| Whitehurst is an unlikely CEO for a
| technology company, and more so, a company
| that makes profits from selling free
| software.
| When he left Delta, he was approached to do
| a lot of additional turnarounds, but Mr
| Whitehurst said rather than trying to fix
| something, he wanted to build something,
| where there was a buoyant canvas to be
| painted, and Red Hat fit that bill. Red Hat
| was also looking for someone from a non-tech
| background and Mr Whitehurstâs profile, with
| his interest in geeky stuff, matched it
| well.


Open Source is Inherently More Secure, Says Red Hat

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| But in the closed source world, you have
| to trust your vendor completely. All you
| get to see are binaries, so you have no
| way of knowing how they were built.
| President Reagan was fond of saying to
| Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, "Trust,
| but verify." With proprietary software,
| you simply have to trust.
| Microsoft, for example, pushes out
| security updates on the second Tuesday of
| every month. Bressers said they can't do
| that. Microsoft has the advantage of
| hiding security flaws and working on them
| at their leisure, but with open source
| software, that's not possible because
| everyone can see that there's a problem
| and they expect it to be fixed right away.
| And if a security hole isn't plugged
| quickly enough, you can fix it yourself,
| Bressers explained.
| An example of the power of open source is
| the ping of death bug. Back in the late
| 1990s someone figured out that if you send
| a giant ICMP packet to a computer, just
| about any computer, it will crash. The bug
| affected every operating system, routers,
| printers, etc. When the problem was
| discovered, the open source Linux
| operating system had the bug squashed in
| about 2 hours, Bressers recalled. The
| closed source operating system vendors,
| however, took days, weeks and even months
| to make and distribute a patch for the
| ping of death.

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