Immerse Yourself in Open IT Infrastructure at Red Hat Summit

Every year, Red Hat brings customers, partners, and some of the most knowledgeable Red Hatters to our annual event – Red Hat Summit. Next week in San Francisco, May 8-10, we expect thousands of people to join us to learn more about the latest technology trends and our product portfolio, to participate in various sessions, panels and labs, and to take part in numerous fun activities.

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UNIX/Linux and Me

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Pure Gould

UNIX is C and C is for UNIX.

“I want to be an architect” was the mantra for some teenager in a British period TV series I watched in Ireland as a kid. For my final four years of secondary school (like high school) in Ireland it had become my mantra. I loved technical drawing and specifically drawing houses in perspective with shadow—it looked so realistic. I didn’t much care for computers as I couldn’t really afford one. I got to play on my girlfriend’s Commodore 64 and my dad bought me a scientific calculator that had about 2K of memory to write BASIC programs (for the millenials and younger, that was one of the first popular computer languages).

Studying computer science was not even on my radar—I wanted to continue learning the finer art of

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Power, Control Structures, and Open Source

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My first encounter with computers

As a child, I perceived the world to be a pretty cold place filled with control structures—similar to the movie Tron. These control structures also seemed to be pretty imbalanced. When I was about 7 years old, I remember being at a local department store that had personal computers on display. They were powered up and each of them presented passing shoppers with an intimidating black screen, broken only by these white characters:

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I didn’t understand what it meant, or in retrospect, how this would sell computers. There were keyboards connected to each computer. I knew what they did from watching TV, so I hit a few keys. Characters began displaying across the screen and I soon discovered that you could also hit the “enter” key and the screen would change. It appeared that the computer was trying to interpret the words I was typing, but it refused to do anything except display the words

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My Journey from BASIC to Linux

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I think of computing today as being the convergence of at least three major threads that were once largely apart from each other. There were the proprietary hardware and software stacks: mainframes and their minicomputer counterparts. There was the proto-Internet and Unix, proprietary in their own way but leading to Linux and open source. And there was the personal computer.

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From Manual to Automated DevOps: One Man’s Journey

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My journey, as one might say, in search of the Holy Grail or the great unicorn called DevOps, began well over 20 years ago; yet I never knew it at the time… Actually, it began in 1984 when I was 13 and got my own first computer, a Commodore VIC-20. It wasn’t the first computer that I had ever used but it was mine. I pushed that system with 3 ½ KB of RAM to its limits. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds in such a short timespan. Since those days, I’ve worn many hats. I’ve owned my own company, I’ve helped tech-edit books, and I’ve been pretty active in the open source community. Workshops, social media, MeetUps, Red Hat user groups (RHUGs), virtualization technology user groups (VTUGs), etc. have all allowed me to share and learn at the same time.

Fast forward 10 years, I’m a sergeant in the Army. Sometimes, when in garrison (which was rare), I got tasked out to a bit of side work on UNIX systems simply because nobody knew how to use them. These puppies were coupled together with many pre-internet technologies.

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Red Hat + Microsoft: To Boldly Go Where No Partnership Has Gone Before – Part 2

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Part 1 of this post presented an overview of the Red Hat and Microsoft partnership. Part 2 focuses on partnership updates.

The next generation begins…

(Captain’s log. Stardate 94942.42.)

SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Prime directive: “Allow SQL Server to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a bare-metal operating system and to operate on Microsoft Azure, Hyper-V, and Red Hat OpenShift.”

Based on the prior successes of the partnership, in March 2016 Red Hat and Microsoft began exploring the feasibility of making SQL Server available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Shortly thereafter, an initial private preview was made available (April 2016), followed by a public preview (November 2016) and the launch of the Early Adopter Program (EAP). SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux was formally added to the partnership in July 2017 and the GA version made available to the public in October 2017.

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Red Hat + Microsoft: To Boldly Go Where No Partnership Has Gone Before – Part 1

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Captain’s log. Stardate 4513.3.

The crew of the Command Line Heroes podcast asked me to talk about the Red Hat-Microsoft relationship. I can’t help but sense a little irony in the title “Command Line Heroes.” When I started my career in the early 1980s, everyone in our industry was a “command line hero”—as graphical user interfaces (GUIs) were still in the early stages and not yet widely available. At that time, being able to use the vi editor in full screen mode to edit files, or to play Snake and Wumpus on a PDP 11-45 with BSD 4.2, was considered cool. Looking in the rearview mirror, I can’t help but be reminded of Karr’s famous quote “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more things change, the more they the stay the same).  

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How to Install SQL Server 2017 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Ansible

Microsoft loves Linux.  But this wasn’t always the case as host Saron Yitbarek will share in episodes 1 and 2 of Command Line Heroes, an original podcast from Red Hat airing January 16th, about the OS wars for the desktop and then the datacenter.

Yet, today, here we are talking about Microsoft’s embrace of Linux.  Nothing showcases this new approach forward than the growing relationship between Microsoft and Red Hat. In this post we’re going to explore one aspect of that relationship–Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Microsoft’s reference Linux platform. By using Ansible playbooks and roles to quickly deploy SQL Server, we get to take the best of these tools for a spin.

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From Police Officer to Open Source Devotee: One Man’s Story

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When I was younger

I guess you could call me an “accidental technologist.” Growing up, I never intended to work with computers. When I was younger, I actually only tinkered with PCs at home or at friends’ houses because you had to learn how to edit the config files on DOS to free up enough memory so that games could have 512k memory to run. You had to understand what a device driver was, how to install it, and how to add it to the CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT files to have a working mouse on the console. I also learned about interrupts, IO addresses, and DMA channels from configuring things like ISA SoundBlaster cards with jumpers and DIP switches. Without meaning to, or even realizing it, I had a pretty decent understanding of personal computers. I was not a programmer, not by a long stretch, but I could get computers working pretty quickly. And I loved automating things in batch files. The power of scripting was clear.

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