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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 beta debuts virtualization tool

New Red Hat Enterprise Linux beta. Linux Foundation's CloudOpen hopes to spark cooperation between cloud projects. Ubuntu 12.04 released.

Red Hat has opened the beta for its Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. Version 6.3 includes several updates and introduces a virtualization tool, Virt-P2V. The company said Virt-P2V streamlines the "conversion of physical Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems into virtual images to be deployed as KVM guests inside Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization."

RHEL 6.3 also increases virtual CPU number from 64 to 160 and increases the memory limit for KVM guests from 512 GB to 2 TB.

The beta introduces a new developer tool, OpenJDK7, and updates to file system support, storage options, security and hardware compatibility.

Linux Foundation to host new open-source cloud conference

CloudOpen, the Linux Foundation's new tech conference, is slated for Aug. 29-31 in San Diego and will debut concurrently with LinuxCon. The idea behind the conference, according to a Linux Foundation blog post, is to open dialog between open-source cloud developers and influence openness in future projects.

CloudOpen’s founding sponsors include Canonical, Citrix, Dell, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Puppet Labs and SUSE.

Ubuntu Precise Pangolin released for server and desktop

Canonical has released its new Long Term Support Linux distribution, Ubuntu 12.04. Titled Precise Pangolin, the release comes two years after the last LTS distribution and is packed with features for both server and desktop versions. Among the updates for servers is a new version of OpenStack, the Metal-as-a-Service provisioning tool, updated support for virtualization and Linux kernel v3.2.

The desktop version introduces a new Unity interface, updates to Software Center and updated toolchains for GNU, Java and Python.

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