Software Collections: What Components Do You Want Added?

In October, we had a survey on which Software Collection components you are using or plan to use.  This also included a placeholder for you to add your requests for future component additions.

We’ve had good input thus far, but we’re looking for more input on your collection requests.  If you’ve not already done so, please fill out the form below (or follow this link) and let us know which components you’re using.  And while you’re at it, tell us what additions and/or suggestions you have for future RHSCL releases – enter your suggestions on the form, or comment on this article.

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Partner Early Access Program for RHEL 7 Beta

As you probably saw, we announced the availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta on the 11th of December. Would you like to get more involved in the Beta? Well, we have spun up a special program (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta: Partner Early Access Program (hence we normally just call it the “PEAP” 🙂 ) for partners who are interested and excited about working with the Beta and sharing their feedback.

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Interesting post about DevOps

Came across this post on the Red Hat Services blog about some solid practices for “doing” DevOps. I liked Mr. Hoffman’s simple explanation of what DevOps is. I also liked that he points out how just using a tool (or a set of tools) does not equal “doing DevOps.” Check it out and make sure you leave some comments here or there about what you think.


Advanced integration with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager (RHEV-M) – Part 1 of 2

This is part 1 of a 2-part article about Advanced Integration with RHEV-M. 


At CloudOpen Europe 2013, in Edinburgh, I presented a talk about advanced integration with the oVirt engine. This technical article is covering the contents of this session.

RHEV-M is a Large scale, centralized management for server and desktop virtualization. It is based on leading performance, scalability and security infrastructure technologies, focusing on KVM for best integration/performance. It provides an alternative to Center/vSphere, providing end-to-end IaaS platform.


In this post I’ll show you how you can integrate with the RHEV-M engine, covering both new and cool features, as well as some “old” useful features.  Let’s start with the REST-based APIs. These APIs allow you to perform different operations on the engine externally. You can do anything using the REST APIs, even operations that aren’t exposed through the different UI interfaces.

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Red Hat Announces RHEL 7 Beta!

A number of you have asked the question, and now we have the answer – RHEL 7 beta is now available!

See today’s full announcement here, but here are some excerpts and specifics for developers.

“Today marks an exciting milestone for Red Hat as we share news of the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

With today’s announcement, we are inviting Red Hat customers, partners, and members of the public to provide feedback on what we believe is our most ambitious release to date. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is designed to provide the underpinning for future application architectures while delivering the flexibility, scalability, and performance needed to deploy across bare metal, virtual machines, and cloud infrastructure.”

RHEL 7 Beta showcases hundreds of new features and enhancements, particularly in these areas:

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Red Hat IT Begins Its DevOps Journey

DevOps is all about culture, right? Yeah, it’s developers and operators working more closely, but it’s more than that. DevOps is a culture that exudes the principles of Agile, Lean, and Open Source, to deliver higher quality products and services faster, more continuously, and more predictably.

So, if we accept DevOps is a culture, and your CIO gives you a mandate to transform his or her organization to a DevOps organization, you’re now effectively responsible for an organizational culture change initiative. That’s the situation I found myself in recently, when Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon asked me to lead a DevOps enablement team in his IT organization. At a few weeks in with our new team, called Inception, I’d like to share our approach:

1. Build culture through practices. Culture is the sum of the habits and behaviors of a group. I don’t believe culture can be changed through mandates. But, Inception’s mission is to change the organization’s culture. So, how?

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XML editing with Bash script

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Countless products uses XML files, whether it is for data persistence, serialization or mere configuration. This is even more true when it comes to the Red Hat middleware portfolio, the JBoss projects having always been keen on using this format for configuration files – on top of the ones specified by JEE such as the famous (or infamous ?) web.xml.  While the XML format has some definitive qualities, it is not the easiest format to parse, and this often causes issues when integrating product inside an RPM or designing an automated installation procedure.

As I’ve been working on such automation for most of my career, I’ve picked up a bunch of nifty tricks and also designed some useful practices that I wanted to share on this blog.

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