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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(Linux and) The Enduring Magic of Unix

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In the summer of my 14th year, I needed a new computer.

Kids today need things all the time, but I really needed a new computer. Why? Because the PC clone I shared with my dad had a 286 processor and Linux® required at least a 386. I tried the Slackware boot disk one of my dad’s colleagues gave me anyway, but the screen would display “LI” and then freeze, two letters shy of the “LILO” it would print when the bootloader was successful.

The kernel just didn’t know what to do with my antiquated processor. I spent a lot of time looking at a frozen screen with nothing but “LI_” on it.

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Container Images and Hosts: Selecting the Right Components

We’ve published a new guide to help you select the right container hosts and images for you container workloads – whether it’s a single container running on a single host, or thousands of workloads running in a Kubernetes/OpenShift environment. Why? Because people don’t know what they don’t know and we are here to help.

Like “The Cloud” before it, a lot of promises are being made about what capabilities containers might deliver – does anybody remember the promises of cloud bursting? No, not that cloud bursting, this cloud bursting 🙂

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Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 Beta is Live!

We are pleased to announce the beta availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.2, the latest version of our Red Hat Virtualization platform. Sixteen months into its lifecycle, Red Hat Virtualization continues to provide enterprises with a rich and stable foundation for both existing applications and a new generation of workloads and solutions.

The beta release of Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 includes a number of new and updated features to help organizations streamline and automate operations, improve the virtualization administrator experience, and mitigate risk in the environment.

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It’s time to modernize: Your UNIX alternative with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Azure

For many organizations, IT modernization begins with the operating system. In the last few years, migrating workloads to Linux from RISC systems has accelerated as organizations seek to take advantage of the potential price/performance advantage of x86 blade hardware solutions. However, as open source becomes more pervasive, many enterprises are realizing additional benefits. Not only can enterprises reduce (or in some cases eliminate) their reliance on legacy systems by

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Building a Custom Boot ISO for Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor

When deploying Red Hat Virtualization with as much automation as possible, building a custom boot ISO can be a useful tool. While the default installer for the Red Hat Virtualization Host (RHVH) is easy enough, sometimes, it pays to trim down the process. Augmenting the default install process for RHVH is pretty straight forward. In the following article I will walk you through the steps and describe the details of the RHVH installer.

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Red Hat and Partners Deliver New Performance Records on Prominent  Risk Analytics Benchmark

While performance benchmarks are often application or industry specific they can also provide useful insights that are widely applicable. Risk analytics applications used in financial services industries have performance characteristics similar to many technical computing applications. These applications are large, compute intensive, and take full advantage of parallel processing and compute accelerators.

STAC®, the Securities Technology Analysis Center LLC (, provides technology research and testing tools including 

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Automate your RHV Configuration with Ansible

As many of you are aware, Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) provides ways to access its functionality via REST APIs or SDKs (Python, Java, Ruby), and recently Ansible has also joined this growing list.

Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 and later now includes support for the Ansible automation tool. Ansible can be used to configure systems, deploy software, and perform rolling updates. Ansible provides modules that allow you to

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Expand your reality with Red Hat at SuperComputing17

Over the years, the SuperComputing conference has become a focal point for many global supercomputing sites to showcase their capabilities and compete for a placement on the coveted Top500 list. Many powerful supercomputers and new technological advances are showcased during the conference, making it perhaps no surprise that Red Hat is planning to be at SuperComputing17 next week to demonstrate our latest high-performance computing (HPC) solutions (booth #1763).

Red Hat has a packed agenda for the show – here’s more about what you can expect to see from us during SuperComputing17.

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Keeping Pace with Multiple Architectures (Part 2)

In our first post of discussing Red Hat’s multi-architecture strategy, we focused on the disruptive nature of enabling new and rapidly-evolving architectures and how this enablement necessitates a different set of product requirements to fulfill our vision of providing a consistent and familiar experience to our customers across multiple hardware architectures. While we have been working with many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on x86_64-based servers for years, we have seen interest from our customer base in delivering parity across multiple architectures, including IBM Power Little Endian (ppc64le) and ARMv8-A (aarch64).

So what exactly are we doing with our partners to make this 

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