Archive for April, 2009

Call for submissions: Innovation Awards and RHCE of the Year

It’s that time of year again–the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World are fast approaching, and with them, Red Hat’s annual awards ceremonies. But first, we need nominations. And for that we appeal to our customers, readers, partners, and friends. That’s you.

Nominate that innovative business you worked with, or the admin who always has the right answers. Winners will receive free admission to Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, participation in exclusive events, and the admiration and accolades of their peers. Here’s the details:

2009 Innovation Awards – Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2009 Innovation Awards, to be presented at this year’s co-located Red Hat Summit and JBoss World on September 1-4, 2009 in Chicago. » Read more


Red Hat and Intel: Smart processors, virtualization boost efficiency and performance

On Monday March 30, Intel announced the availability of their much anticipated new line of processors, the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 series–nicknamed Nehalem.

Red Hat, a long-time partner of the market-leading chip maker , collaborated on the chip’s debut, testing and optimizing the recently released Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5.3 on the new processor.

Changes include a new processor architecture, platform architecture, memory subsystem, I/O subsystem, and options (including SSD and 10GbE).

So what’s the big deal? Why all the fuss? Here’s just a few of the improvements wrought by the combination of Intel’s processing power and Red Hat advancements in performance and efficiency. » Read more


Writing simple python setup commands

Building software in most languages is a pain. Remember ant build.xml, maven2 pom files, and multi-level makefiles?

Python has a simple solution for building modules, applications, and extensions called distutils. Disutils comes as part of the Python distribution so there are no other packages required.

Pull down just about any python source code and you’re more than likely going to find a setup.py script that helps make building and installing a snap. Most engineers don’t add functionality when using distutils, instead opting to use the default commands.

In some cases, developers might provide secondary scripts to do other tasks for building and testing outside of the setup script, but I believe that can lead to unnecessary complication of common tasks. » Read more


Video: Spotlight on My Fedora

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John “J5″ Palmieri explains how the Fedora community–codename MyFedora–is bringing Fedora users together by integrating self-contained applications into a single framework application. This interface enables Fedora users to see and keep track of what applications other community members are working with.