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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-03-14 Print this article Print

IBM and Red Hat are also collaborating to deliver a new Real-Time Linux application development and deployment platform offering customers the ability to run systems that can perform at increased processing rates with high levels of reliability. The new platform includes IBM WebSphere Real Time, a real-time J2SE (Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition) Java Virtual Machine, with a real-time version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 running on IBM System x and BladeCenter AMD- and Intel-based servers.
"This new computing infrastructure also provides a broad community of Java programmers with the ability to develop applications that can execute and provide predictable to millisecond granularity execution times," Frye said.
A new service relationship is under development at Red Hat. Click here to read more. The U.S. Navy is an early adopter of IBMs Real-Time Java technology running on a customized "Real-Time Linux" deployed by IBM, Raytheon and Red Hat and is taking advantage of a single and open standards-based computing environment for applications ranging from command-and-control, navigation, targeting, weapons control and radar systems. "This first-of-its kind deployment will aid the Navys efforts to cut the cost of developing and maintaining traditionally expensive real-time applications so it can speed development of mission-critical combatant systems," Frye said. IBM is currently offering WebSphere Real-Time 1.0 running on a customized RHEL 4 environment to other interested early adopters in the government, financial and telecommunications sectors. IBM will continue to work with Red Hat and members of the open-source community worldwide on improving kernel performance through a SystemTap toolkit, which offers performance tuning and system debugging features. The companies are also working on Samba, kernel scalability, customer testing and numerous ongoing technology projects, Frye said. But Novells Steinmann points out that most IT managers want a complete operating system platform, with solutions from the desktop to the data center, so they can leverage management tools and people skills. "Red Hat is basically ignoring the desktop, while SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop continues to sign new customers, like our 20,000 desktop deployment at Peugeot Citroen," he said. Read here about how some PCs will now be available preloaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Novell also firmly believes there are going to be just two dominant operating systems in the data center by 2010: Linux and Windows, and that its offering is the best bet on the Linux front. "The recent partnership between Novell and Microsoft is focused on interoperability between Linux and Windows. Were offering the market a choice: the Linux operating system that works well with Windows—SUSE—or the one that does not—Red Hat," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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