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The real tune on real time Linux



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April 27, 2007 12:39 pm

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Generally, I’m a fan of taking the high road. I’d much rather talk about what we do than talk about what the competition is doing. But sometimes you can’t let things slide…

Red Hat has recently been out talking about preparing a real time Linux offering later this year. In the course of this, they’ve felt the need to dismiss Novell’s commitment to this area, suggesting we’re not actively participating in community efforts around real time Linux. This is an attempt at distraction to mask a competitive disadvantage – we were first to market with a real-time Linux offering – SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time – which we shipped last October and which we’ve deployed in a number of financial services firms. (There seems to be a pattern here – Red Hat has also been critical of our efforts with Xen virtualization and the Linux desktop, also functionality we brought to the market well before Red Hat). To suggest we’re not constructive contributors to real time efforts in the Linux arena is just plain wrong. All the kernel changes we made to deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time are open source, as required by the GPL, so anyone can take advantage of that technology. We’re now working on the second generation on the product, to be available later this year, and advances there will also be contributed to the community. We’ve embraced efforts to start an initiative around real time directly as part of the Linux kernel community. We have actively engaged and are committed to collaboration for future deliveries based on future versions of the Linux kernel.

Novell has been, is, and will continue to be a major contributor to open source, across a wide range of technologies. Efforts to discredit our leading-edge technologies by questioning our commitment to the community are nothing but FUD.

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5 Comments

  1. By:Tux

    The question should be why is RH getting more publicity from vaporware then Novell gets from a shipping product?

    The best products in the world mean squat when you do not know how to market the products… How has Novell marketed SRT? (or OES, IDM, or any products) Has the Marketing worked? How much share did the Marketing effort garner… You must have on-going aggressive marketing to be competitive.

    Novell being a contributor to open source is admirable; however, this is passive marketing to the OS community of developers/engineers.

    Customers need to know Who Novell is and What products you have to benefit them. It seems the only new customers Novell is attracting are directly related to MS partnership. Why? Is Novell marketing taking advantage of this partnership? How? Can Novell get new customers on it’s own? Is Novell providing incentives (CASH) to channel partners to win customers over. Is Novell aggressively going after RH, SUN, Oracle, IBM and MS customers? How many customers have you won over from each company on a monthly basis?

    Mind share and marketing.

  2. By:Sox

    TUX, you are asking too many questions. Please do not rock the boat. We are supposed to believe that SRT is “deployed” in a gazillion financial services firm, when I have not seen a single client win in a news release in over 8 months.

  3. By:Jef

    “In the course of this, they’ve felt the need to dismiss Novell’s commitment to this area, suggesting we’re not actively participating in community efforts around real time Linux”

    Which is the truth. Red Hat has both Ingo Molnar and Thomas Gleixner working on the RT branch and Ingo has been working on it and merging code over years.

    Putting your code under GPL is certainly not equivalent to active participation. You didn’t understand it with the flawed development model you used in Compiz either.

    Name your upstream RT developers or admit that Red Hat is right.

  4. By:Fubu

    ” Putting your code under GPL is certainly not equivalent to active participation. ”

    Sorry, but realtime is not just ingo molnar and thomas gleixner. There is a lot more work being done.

  5. By:Jef

    “Sorry, but realtime is not just ingo molnar and thomas gleixner. There is a lot more work being done.”

    Like who? Name the Novell contributors?

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