Issue #9 July 2005

From the Inside

In the news

Whitepapers and case studies

Get the insight you need to guide you on your next Linux project. Our whitepapers are written by Red Hat experts and respected industry analysts like IDC. They provide in-depth analysis on a range of topics including migration, security, and e-commerce. It's required reading for anyone considering open source technology. And it's free. All you have to do is register.

Case study: Red Hat provides Information Technology Center of Lower Saxony with high performance and vendor-independence
Faced with obsolete technology and a decentralized network, IZN migrated the Lower Saxony Police Department's critical IT systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and HP Integrity servers, based on 64-bit technology. The result is a low-cost, high-performance, centralized architecture easily managed with Red Hat Network Satellite Server. Read
Case study: ASP4all achieves critical certification Red Hat
With two highly resilient A-class datacenters in Amsterdam, ASP4All a variety of hosting services to companies and governments across the Netherlands. They've chosen Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat Network Satellite Server as their Linux standard, providing stability, security, and high-availability for their customers. Read
Case study: Red Hat offers Gruner + Jahr higher performance at lower cost
Gruner + Jahr is faced with the challenge of achieving greater performance with fewer resources. Attracted by the low-cost and high-performance of Linux, they have migrated numerous business-critical applications away from UNIX and Windows NT to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Read
Case study: LVM Chooses Red Hat Solutions as Strategic Platform for the Future
LVM is a nationwide insurance company, operating in the private sector and represented by 2,100 agencies throughout Germany. After using an in-house Linux solution for years, they needed an enterprise Linux OS that could provide low total cost of ownership, ease of management, stability, security, reliability, and flexibility. Their solution: Red Hat Enterprise Linux on their servers and Red Hat Desktop on their desktops. Read
Deploying Oracle® Database 10g on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become the optimal platform for the deployment of high performance, low-cost Oracle database solutions. This whitepaper examines the partnership between Red Hat and Oracle that led to these results and discusses the capabilities of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, released in February 2005. Register and download
Filesystem Labeling in SELinux
With NSA Security-Enhanced Linux now integrated into the 2.6 kernel and making its way into distributions, an increasing number of people likely will be installing SELinux and experimenting with it. Given this increasing user base, this article takes a closer look at filesystem labeling under SELinux. This is an intermediate-level article, though a brief review of some SELinux concepts is provided in the next section. Download
Solaris 10 and Linux 2.6: An analysis of two strategies for enterprise operating systems
Author: Evan Bauer, Pricipal Research Fellow, Robert Frances Group. This paper requires registration. Register and download
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Four-page overview of features and enhancement in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. Download
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Security Features
This paper provides a summary of new security features provided in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 product family. Register and download
Unix to Linux Migration: An introduction
This paper is intended to provide a discussion of the important considerations, best practices, and resources for migrations from a RISC-based platform to Linux. It presents the differences between UNIX and Linux and provides an overview of what to expect when migrating to Linux. The document should serve as a general reference guide during a typical migration and provide information on additional Red Hat resources that will assist with the overall strategy and implementation. Register and download
Classification of Security Issues
Red Hat has implemented a scheme from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to publicly classify the impact of security issues found in our products and services. Customers want a simple way to judge the severity of security updates so they can see which issues matter the most. The media needs guidance to understand the priority and criticality of the updates Red Hat releases. The classification scheme chosen gives a rating of security impact on a four point scale and is designed to be an at-a-glance guide to how worried Red Hat is about each security issue. This paper looks at why Red Hat has started classifying vulnerabilities, the details of the scheme we are using, and how well the classification matches our response times for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 vulnerabilities. Download

Global events

Check the list to see if Red Hat is coming to a city near you.

Free Seminars: OpenPower Linux Seminars for Solaris Clients
This summer and fall
Various locations around the world
Red Hat and IBM are sponsoring a free worldwide seminar for customers and business partners on the business and technical benefits of migrating from Solaris to Linux on OpenPower. Learn more and register
LinuxWorld San Francisco
August 8-11, 2005
San Francisco, CA
LinuxWorld® Conference & Expo is the most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, and Red Hat will be front and center with a strong presence. Mark Webbink, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary of Red Hat, will give a keynote presentation on software protection and the impact on innovation. Tom Rabon, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Red Hat, will join a panel of leading open source personalities to shed light on the explosive growth of Linux and open source and answer the question "What does it all mean?" Learn more and register
IBM eServer xSeries Technical Conference
August 1-5, 2005
New York, NY
Red Hat is a silver sponsor of the IBM eServer xSeries Technical Conference in NYC the first week in August. Red Hat will be presenting on the technical aspects of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 as well as a technical overview of migrating from UNIX to Linux. Furthermore, Red Hat will be providing several hands-on labs on the following topics: Introduction to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Overview, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Networking Services Overview. Learn more and register
HP Technology Forum 2005
September 12-15, 2005
New Orleans, LA
Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, is leading Linux and open source into the mainstream with its strategic OEM partnership with HP. This relationship enables HP to sell and support Red Hat Enterprise Linux worldwide across its desktops, workstations, and servers. Red Hat will have a booth in HP's upcoming Technology Forum held at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Learn more and register
Oracle Open World 2005
September 17-22, 2005
San Francisco, CA
Information empowers, and Oracle Open World promises to be the event to get connected, inspired, and started. This year it's in San Francisco from September 17 - 22 in the Moscone Center. Red Hat will be an exhibitor at Oracle Open World 2005. Come learn why Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the best OS choice to run commodity hardware in a scale-out environment. Learn more and register