Operating System Planets Align
Red Hat announces a real-time version of RHEL 5, the latest iteration of the Linux kernel made its official debut and Microsoft released the first public beta of its new Windows Server platform.People worried that we wont be able to get this global warming thing under control were no doubt pleased to hear that European scientists have discovered a planet much like Earth. If we ever need to cut bait and run, all we have to do is travel 20.5 light-years, or about 120.5 trillion miles, and were home free! The operating system planets seemed to align last week as Red Hat announced a real-time version of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 5, the latest iteration of the Linux kernel made its official debut and Microsoft released the first public beta of its new Windows Server platform. As Senior Editor Peter Galli reports, Red Hat originally intended to include real-time Linux capabilities in RHEL 6 but decided that the market couldnt wait. Real-time Linux is all about "determinism," or decreasing latency, which is especially important in embedded systems.
Much of the real-time Linux code, an initiative driven by Red Hat, has made its way into the main Linux kernel, and the very latest version of that kernel has arrived: 2.6.21.