Topic: Redhat Summit 07 San Diego

Attended the summit this year. Was a nice few days away from the desk, and I got to hang out with some of my friends and contacts at Redhat. I didn't get to see everything but here's some interesting highlights:

* Redhat Exchange has gone live:

This is a new service redhat's offering that will basically allow you to build a start-to-finish completely customized and supported application that is supported end to end from redhat. They  help you pick the right components from their partner vendors and help you get set up. There's a bunch more info on the faq page linked off the main rhx page below.

* Revisor

Ever wanted to roll your own distro or live cd? You need to check out revisor. It's still a work in progress, and may not be ready for prime time just yet depending on what you're looking to do with it, but I can tell you that after sitting through the working demo at the conference, myself and one of my coworkers were ready to completely chuck our entire build infrastructure and switch to revisor on the spot. Good stuff.

* GFS Performance tuning.

Our very own Curtis Zinzilieta gave a very useful talk about performance tuning GFS at summit that made me wish my Oracle DBA's had never heard of OCFS. Here's a link to the pdf doc of his slideshow. … _Final.pdf

I sat through a couple of brutally underperforming talks as well, one on performance tuning Xen that ended up more or les being an Xen overview and not really a perf tuning discussion at all, and another on Jboss tips and tricks that was little more than a marketing pitch for the redhat jboss application framework. I guess you takes the good with the bad.

All in all, it was a good event, and even though the schwag was mediocre, the food made up for it. (except those silly cali style sandwich wraps the last day at lunch).

Anyone else go?

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