RHEL Server 5 Is Good Work in Progress

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-04-10 Print this article Print

Opinion: eWEEK Labs and I agree that Red Hat's virtualization tools could stand improvement, but I think its SELinux utilities have been greatly improved. (Linux-Watch)

Over in San Francisco, my comrades in testing arms, the eWEEK Labs team, have placed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on the testing bench. They found that while RHEL is a good distribution in some ways, its far from a "ready, set, go" virtualization platform. While I havent done as much work with this distribution as they have, I have done some work with RHEL 5.
Then, as now, I thought what Red Hat is trying to do with virtualization is commendable. The Linux folks from Raleigh, N.C., are trying to make both installing and managing virtual machines much easier.
Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Unfortunately, I have to agree with eWEEK Labs Advanced Technologies Analyst Jason Brooks when he said, "RHEL 5s tools for creating and managing guest machines are pretty Spartan, and our experiences installing and running Windows Server 2003 and RHEL 5 guests contained more troubleshooting and Googling than we would have liked." I can see the intention there to make running virtual machines a lot easier. Its just that, as Brooks found, good intentions havent led to good works yet. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: RHEL Server 5 on the eWEEK Labs Test Bench Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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