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Oracle's Take On Red Hat Linux

btarval Re:Xen is a big deal (165 comments)

Because there's a lot of interesting research and new technology coming out which is Xen based and not KVM. It looks like things will remain that way for some time.

Or, to look at it another way, KVM is behind the tech curve, and has a ways to go to catch up.

Then there's the issue of having to change over to a different infrastructure. Do you have any idea of what it takes to handle the vast number of VMs in Cloud Computing?

All in all, it's just better to go with a vendor which is more committed to your requirements.

more than 5 years ago

Oracle's Take On Red Hat Linux

btarval Re:Xen is a big deal (165 comments)

Either RedHat's Marketing department is seriously misleading, or you're seriously mistaken.

. Again, the question isn't whether old existing installations will be supported. It's about RedHat dropping Xen for future installations.

Let me give you this Marketing blurb, since you don't seem to be aware of it: Red Hat Sets Its Virtualization Agenda "Red Hat's strategic direction for the future development of its virtualization product portfolio is based on KVM,


"Existing Xen-based deployments will continue to be supported for the full lifetime of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and Red Hat will provide a variety of tools and services to enable customers to migrate from their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Xen deployment to KVM."

Note the words "existing" and RHEL5. No mention about the future except for migrating to KVM.

It's pretty clear that, going forward, if you want to stay with RedHat, you need to move away from Xen.

Sorry, but many people are going to stay with Xen over RedHat. Fortunately there are companies who are willing to accomodate them.

If you have some official news to the contrary, I'd appreciate hearing about. Because right now, people are looking at (and finding) alternatives to Redhat.

more than 5 years ago

Oracle's Take On Red Hat Linux

btarval Xen is a big deal (165 comments)

"Again, wrong. RHEL 5 ships with Xen, and will support Xen until at least 2014. OUL also ships with Xen. Please remember, KVM has not shipped in *any* RHEL release (major or minor) yet. Only Red Hat internally knows the release agenda."

I hate to correct an otherwise good post, but that is at best misleading, and at worst just plain wrong. Redhat has announced that they are only going to support existing Xen installations, while providing a way to migrate to KVM.

Xen is dead with Redhat. At least for now.

Personally, I think this is a major screwup by RH, as I know of sites which had been stongly RH but are now looking at dropping them. Sorry, KVM just isn't ready for serious primetime. What's worse, is that the majority of Virtualization research out there is centered around Xen, for the simple fact that it's been around longer.

So Xen is the focus of the next generation of technology, and will remain that way for a while.

And before the KVM fanatics jump up shouting the usual "but-it's-faster!" mantra, you should be aware that Type II hypervisor support (ala KVM) was announced a couple weeks ago at the Xen Summit (at Oracle's HQ, btw).

So one can either choose a KVM type of hypervisor, or the original Xen hypervisor.

Oh, and I heard that the guy who did it coded up in 12 days as a lark.

But unfortunately one doesn't seem to have a choice with Redhat..

I certainly hope CentOS picks up the Xen work from Fedora this year. Otherwise I'll have to look to Oracle for serious datacenter work. I'm not happy about that at all, as I've been a very strong fan of Redhat (and have given them lots of business.

But this really underscores how good it is sticking with Open Source. At least I DO have choices.

more than 5 years ago

Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM

btarval Some basic numbers (623 comments)

There are about 3.5 million in IT, according to the BLS.

There are over 1 Million cheap workers here on the H1/L1 Visa program. That's quite a sizeable percentage of the total U.S. employment. And it's FAR greater than the total number of unemployed IT workers.

The basic fact is that if you want to eliminate or seriously reduce unemployment in the IT sector in the U.S., all you have to do is to eliminate all of the H1/L1 visas.

This would have the added benefit of opening up jobs to those in other fields (like the automotive industry). Yes, there would have to be some retraining. But we have such programs around, and they are a lot better than the fake educational systems (I.e. diploma mills) overseas.

It's time to eliminate the guest worker programs, and send the H1/L1s back home.

about 6 years ago

VirtualBox 2.1 Supports 64-Bit VM In 32-Bit Host

btarval Thanks to all here (374 comments)

I just wanted to thanks for the many insightful comments here. I think they have answered quite well my original question, and have given me a better perspective on the situation.

more than 6 years ago

VirtualBox 2.1 Supports 64-Bit VM In 32-Bit Host

btarval "Giving VMWare a run for their money" (374 comments)

That's the truth. Sun, Xen and even Microsoft are giving VMWare a run for their money nowadays.

There's one interesting thing which has struck me, that I haven't seen any comments on. Namely, that VMWare is stuck competing between Microsoft on the one hand, and several Open Source projects on the other (with some of the Open Source projects having serious financial backing).

Being positioned between Microsoft and Open Source generally hasn't been a good spot to be in (indeed, has anyone succeeded here?). So I have to wonder how VMWare is going to stand up in the future?

I've been a big fan of VMWare in the past, as it has saved my butt more than once. However, now I find myself using Xen more, and seriously considering Sun's offerings.

To VMWare's credit, they have arguably the best person in the world for the job as CEO (at least on paper). Some might remember Paul Maritz as being one of the top people from Microsoft, as well as having led Microsoft's original *NIX strategy (I.e. Xenix). So if there's anyone who can compete there, it is him.

But still, it is not an enviable position to be in, and it makes me wonder how they are going to compete in the long term? Especially since, from a technology basis, the Open Source efforts are arguably better.

Anyone care to add some insightful comments on this? The only way that I can see VMWare winning is if everyone else screws up. While that's possible, there's a lot of money at stake in the Virtualization field, and I think the odds of that happening are low.

more than 6 years ago

Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job?

btarval No - here's what to really expect (604 comments)

"The can absolutely sue you, but they'll lose."

Sorry, but I have to strongly disagree. I've seen this second hand, more than once in the industry. Thinking that you'll just get off with a lawsuit is very dangerous thinking.

The worst that will happen is the following. They will sue you for stealing the code. The kicker is that if they really want to put you out of business, they will also file *criminal* charges against you, for stealing their code. You need to be prepared for this, but good luck.

What then happens is that the Police will open up a criminal investigation. They are under absolutely no pressure to close it; they can keep it open indefinitely if they want. What this means for you is that your competition will be telling your customers that you have a criminal investigation going on against your product. Needless to say, your customers will be very reluctant to touch your product.

And all the Police have to do is find a relatively small number of lines of code which are the same in order to press charges if they want. Different police departments have different standards, so YMMV here.

Fighting these takes years; all the time you are losing sales to potential customers. It's basically an expensive uphill battle. So plan your strategies out in advance, and with advice from a great lawyer. Because their stategy is to bankrupt you, and your defensive options are limited.

The criminal charges scenario actually happened to a friend of mine, with Veritas (yes, that Veritas, when they were very small).

He had developed a great piece of software before going to Veritas, and then rewrote it from scratch at Veritats. They gave him a pittance for it, so he left, and rewrote it from scratch again, and started up a competing company.

Veritas didn't mess around. They filed criminal charges with the San Jose Police. The case might still be open after all of these years, I don't know. But I do know that he never went anywhere with the product, even though his third version was the best in the industry.

Personally, if I were in your shoes, I'd put your software under the GPLv3. That way at least you'd be getting a lot of publicity against the original company. And you might even get some legal help from the FSF. This is the only reasonable strategy that I can think of, as long as you MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that there are no identical lines codes (other than the obvious ones, like "#include ...stdio.h...".

more than 6 years ago

Sun Banks On Open Source For Its Survival

btarval Some key points you forgot to mention (211 comments)

Thank goodness you're not a moderator. The OPs points about Schwartz are spot on.

You also conveniently left out a couple key points about Sun. First, they consistently pay lower salaries than others. Oh yes, I know that they trot out the usual Marketing BS about the Salary Surveys that they buy. But compare that to real job offers from other places in the Valley, and Sun is always a low-baller.

Sun also has a long track record of offing employees for H1-Bs; a record which is so bad that it's documented externally.

In short, Sun uses low-ball labor to get things done. That's part of the reason why they are in this mess. Yes, they do have some exceptional talent here and there. That's certainly in the minority, and the real work gets done by people who are typically far less talented than their peers in other companies.

Which is a pity, because Sun used to be a great place. Until they recognize that they have to pay for good talent, and not the dumbest and cheapest, they are going to continue to go nowhere.

And that's a pity, because as I'm sure you know, they now have the opportunity to kick even IBM's rear in a serious fashion if they played their cards right. But it doesn't look to me like they are.

more than 6 years ago

How Do I Get Open Source Programs Written For Me?

btarval Plus management (285 comments)

Sorry, I have to respectfully disagree. If it was as simple as throwing money at it, Vista would be the greatest OS ever made, instead of the dying pig that it's become.

Cash helps. But without good management (on the client's part), it's going to lead to disappointment. Unless you happen to get one of the very few contractors who knows how to manage things (like the customer) themselves (maybe 10% do, but 80% will claim to :) ).

There's an old Engineering saying:
      - Better
      - Faster
      - Cheaper

Choose any two. This is still true today as it was 30+(?) years ago when it first came out for software development.

My personal experience though, is that you are very lucky to even get one of those, unless the project is well managed.

more than 6 years ago



An example of Immortality discovered?

btarval btarval writes  |  more than 5 years ago

btarval (874919) writes "The population of tiny jellyfish is now increasing dramatically, and has spread from the Carribbean to throughout the world. The reason? It's apparently immortal.

This 5mm hydrozoan "is able to revert back to a juvenile form once it mates after becoming sexually mature".

There are a lot of interesting implications here, from the effect as a food supply (for fish and humans), to outdoing the popularity of Viagra. This new century is looking to be more interesting that I had imagined."


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