Develop on Linux & Containers

Develop applications on the most popular Linux for the enterprise - all while using the latest technologies.

Introduction to Enterprise Linux

Denise Dumas, VP of Linux engineering, introduces Red Hat Enterprise Linux and its development tools.

Denise Dumas

Denise Dumas

Denise Dumas, Red Hat VP of Linux engineering

What is Linux?

Linux® is an open source operating system (OS) and IT infrastructure platform. It was originally conceived of and created as a hobby by Linus Torvalds in 1991.  In the world of operating systems, Linux has the largest user base, is the most-used OS on publicly available internet servers, and the only OS used on the top 500 fastest supercomputers.  Because the source code for Linux is freely available, there are several different distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Red Hat's flagship product) and Fedora Linux, a community project founded by Red Hat to develop a desktop version of Linux.

Software developers create apps and services inside Linux containers that let them code once, then run their code virtually anywhere. All containerized apps contain some part of a Linux distribution. You want to make sure that all of the pieces in your container, including the Linux base, are identical between environments so you don’t have to spend your time patching and backporting.

The Developer Subscription for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The developer world is moving to Linux containers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the most stable platform for building and deploying them. Join the Red Hat Developer program and get a no-cost subscription to RHEL along with development tools and other components to get started quickly.

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Use enterprise-grade containers to develop in a hybrid world

Part of the beauty of Linux containers is that they are hybrid by design. That means you can code locally, test in the cloud, and deploy anywhere that Linux containers will run. Most Red Hat developer components are available with dockerfiles, or distributed as Linux container images on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (for local dev) and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (local, on-line, or public cloud dev). This means that wherever you develop, test, and deploy, you’re using the same development stacks, on-premise to virtual to cloud.

To help you get where you’re going faster, the Red Hat container catalog gives you access to certified, trusted and secure application containers.

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