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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-01-27 Print this article Print

Dan Frye, director of the IBM Linux Technology Center, in Beaverton, Ore., said he would most like to see virtualization technology in the 2.7 kernel.

"The industry is moving in this direction, and there are things we need to do in the operating system to enable virtualization," Frye said.

Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and chief architect of Computer Associates International Inc.s Linux Technology Group, in Islandia, N.Y., agreed about the need for virtualization technologies. "Right now, you can have multiple Linuxes virtually operating, but we would love to see that expanded so that you could power other operating systems, whether that be Unix or Windows," Greenblatt said. Also likely to go into the 2.7 kernel is the kernel intercept module, which is being contributed by CA and allows users to see events occurring in the kernel. It allows security without being intrusive, he said.

Others, such as Dave Dargo, vice president of Oracles Linux Program Office, are less enthusiastic about the need for virtualization technology in the kernel. In fact, Dargo contends that a 2.7 wish list from each of the vendors would reflect their particular technology interests and that there will be different wishes from the different groups within those companies.

Regarding virtualization, Dargo said the need depends on the application. "If you start doing things in the Linux kernel like improving the virtualization of resources, clustering and those kinds of things, this will improve the overall experience and make it easier for companies like Oracle to deliver some technologies," he said. "Getting, say, a cluster file system in the operating system makes it easier for us to implement things, but its not a necessity."

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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.

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