CERN to Use Open Source Instead Microsoft Products

Due to licensing policy change, Microsoft products prices increased x10 times
13 June 2019   435

The European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) presented the project called MAlt (Microsoft Alternatives), which is working on avoiding the use of Microsoft products in favor of alternative solutions based on open source software. The nearest plans marked the replacement of "Skype for Business" with a solution based on an open VoIP stack and the launch of a local mail service to avoid using Outlook.

The final selection of open alternatives has not yet been completed; the migration is planned to be completed over the next few years. Among the main requirements for the new software is the absence of binding to the vendor, full control over their data and the use of standard solutions. Details about the project are planned to be announced on September 10.

The decision to switch to open source was made after a change in the licensing policy of Microsoft, which over the past 20 years has provided CERN software with significant discounts for educational institutions. Recently, Microsoft withdrew the status of an academic institution with CERN and upon completion of the current CERN contract will be required to pay the full cost in relation to the number of users. The calculation showed that the cost of purchasing licenses in the new scenario will increase by more than 10 times.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 to be Available

New version of popular Linux discributive brings a lot of updates and innovations
07 August 2019   235

Red Hat has released the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 distribution. The installed RHEL 7.7 images are available for download only for registered users of the Red Hat Client Portal and are prepared for the x86_64, IBM POWER7 +, POWER8 architecture (with direct byte order and direct byte order) and IBM System z. Source text packages can be downloaded from the CentOS project's Git repository.

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, we show our continued commitment to the 10-year Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle while also introducing key new features, like image builder and Red Hat Insights, to help IT organizations get the most from their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 investments.

Stefanie Сhirasvice

President and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat

The RHEL 7.x branch is followed by the RHEL 8.x branch and will be supported until June 2024. The release of RHEL 7.7 is the latest in the main full support phase, which includes functional improvements. RHEL 7.8 Transition to the maintenance stage, bug fixes and security related to the support of important hardware systems.

New version has a lot of updates and changes. Among the:

  • Provided full support for the use of the mechanism of Live-patches (kpatch) to eliminate vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel without restarting the system and without stopping work. Previously, kpatch was an experimental feature;
  • Added python3 packages with Python 3.6 interpreter. Previously, Python 3 was only shipped with Red Hat Software Collections. By default, Python 2.7 is still offered (the transition to Python 3 was done in RHEL 8);
  • Screen presets (/etc/xdg/monitors.xml) have been added to the Mutter window manager for all users in the system (you no longer need to separately configure screen settings for each user;

Learn about them on the official website.