KVM, a new virtualization technology that lets Linux computers run multiple operating systems simultaneously, has won a significant endorsement from Red Hat.
Red Hat, the dominant Linux seller, will include KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) in the next version of its hobbyist Linux version, Fedora, Chief Technology Officer Brian Stevens said Tuesday. "We're packaging it for Fedora 7," Stevens said.
Red Hat has had something of a bumpy ride in the last two months. First, Oracle launched a competitive threat to the open-source supplier, then Microsoft inked a deal with Linux distributor Novell. As right-hand man to Red Hat's chief executive Matthew Szulik, Alex Pinchev has access to a lot of the strategic insights afforded to his boss, but is unencumbered by the diplomatic restraints placed on the chief executive. He speaks his mind.
Oracle will offer support for the Red Hat Linux distribution, the company's chief executive Larry Ellison said at the Oracle OpenWorld conference.
"There is a lack of true enterprise support for the Linux operating system. This has slowed the adoption of Linux," Ellison said in a keynote presentation.
"This isn't about competing with Red Hat. This is about increasing the adoption of Linux in the enterprise."
Volunteer hackers still play an important role in open-source software development despite the many companies that pay developers to work on open-source products, according to Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's vice president of open source affairs.
Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik has written an open letter to Larry Ellison, essentially accusing Oracle of being a relic of a dying enterprise software age, which has served its own interests rather than those of customers for 30 years.