Posts Tagged ‘Red Hat’

Microsoft recrute … des RHCT/RHCE


Si, si ! Et c’est même écrit ici

De là à penser qu’ils vont basculer dans une adoption large et massive des technologies que nous promouvons, il y a un pas que je ne franchirais pas. Pour avoir discuté récemment avec certains de leurs représentants d’Azure justement, je pense qu’il y a encore beaucoup de chemin avant qu’ils comprennent et ensuite admettent les vertus de ce que nous prônons.

Quant au job, dans ces temps difficiles, c’est toujours bon à savoir, même si pour un job de “Technology Solutions Professionals” il vaut mieux avoir “Une formation complémentaire dans la vente, services de livraison, les affaires ou marketing” ! En clair c’est de l’avant vente pour justifier auprès de clients combien Azure est la bonne solution pour héberger des environnements informatiques basés sur Linux. Et dire qu’ils ont au moins 25% de leurs clients qui les croient et qui l’ont fait ! J’espère que les autres hébergent eux-mêmes, ou font appel à des solutions plus ouvertes, ce n’est pas le choix qui manque.

Il est vrai que je ne devrais pas être la cible d’une telle campagne, ayant un job bien plus intéressant que cela, mais visiblement, ils ratissent large sur LinkedIn, et n’ont sans doute pas compris mon activité 🙂

Bon, moi je retourne à mes patchs pour Ironic, Biforst et DiskImageBuilder;-)


Meet at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit


For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit on Barcelona from the 3rd to the 7th of February, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

For those of you wondering why and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint 😉

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

Visit me at HP Discover in Barcelona


Again a quiet active month. I’m just back from one week for an internal event in Houston US, and I’m now in Barcelona for HP Discover EMEA 13. So if you are around and want to talk about Linux, Open Source or early music, go to Pavillon 5, booth 5530. I’m demonstrating the newly announced IC4RHEV which is officially announced during the event. You can also see it on Red Hat booth if you prefer to talk to the real guys 😉

I took time during my travels to improve the 3.2 version of MondoRescue, but as expected, it will require some tests to ensure the new memory management modifications are stable. Hopefully a beta next week.

First UEFI PlugFest for Linuxers


After the 3 days dedicated to LinuxCon US 2013 in New Orleans, it was time to contribute to the UEFI Plugfest organized for the first time as a co-located event.

So what is a UEFI plugfest ? Well it’s a place where hardware manufacturers and software producers meet to check the compatibility of their implementations with regards to UEFI. So Every hardware manufacturer brings some systems, sometimes early units or prototypes, and try them with the latest operating systems available to find out potential issues, some other bring cards to see whether their UEFI driver works fine on computer manufacturer and operating system producers want to try their latest version on these often brand new systems.

UEFI PlugFest

I think it was a brilliant idea to mix the 2 populations for multiple reasons:

  • UEFI members were for sure impressed by the technical knowledge floating around, and employed in such an open fashion, which is not the standard way of working of this standard body.
  • Linux kernel members could exchange with manufacturer representatives of UEFI systems which definitely helped reducing all the FUD around this technology, in particular Secure Boot. They also had the opportunity to test some not yet available hardware platform to ensure their distributions/drivers/tools were working fine or fix them if that wasn’t the case

UEFI PlugFest - Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud, HP

So in the HP area, under the lead of Dong Wei who is UEFI Forum Vice President and HP Fellow, we tried with 2 colleagues various Linux distributions (and even Windows, but not me !) on the 4 systems that were around. And some findings were interesting !

UEFI PlugFest - Dong Wei, HP

  • Debian 7.1 had grub issue at boot and we were not able to install it
  • Mageia 3 has no UEFI support yet and we were not able to install it easily. However, support is planned for Mageia 4, and some info have been published recently to detail how to perform UEFI based installation.
  • Ubuntu 13.10 provides all what is needed to install in a UEFI compliant environment, thanks to their documentation. We were also able to test SecureBoot with success with their version of Matthew Garrett‘s shim bootloader, signed by Microsoft. They are also working on an interesting tool: FWTS aka Firmware Test Suite, which should be adopted by all distributions IMHO in order to have (for once !) a single tool able to perform firmware compliance tests for a Linux environment. Easy to use, pretty comprehensive, reports lots of useful info. Too bad that they are not providing their certification tools online anymore 😦
  • OpenSUSE 12.3+ again has what is needed for UEFI support. Same mechanism with a shim bootloader, but this time signed multiple times by Microsoft and SUSE. However, this requires a more recent implementation of the UEFI specification, which wasn’t the case on all our system during this event. SUSE provides in particular an excellent documentation on UEFI support, including the possibility to sign its own kernel with pesign in order to use it with SecureBoot.
  • Fedora 19 provides mostly all what is needed. Install worked in UEFI mode without problem. We used the updated version of the shim and shim-unsigned packages from Fedora 20 in order to avoid some issues. However, the multisign issue met with OpenSUSE was also encountered here. More over, Fedora doesn’t provide a good documentation yet for signing your own kernel, which was reported upstream and could benefit from this article. Also the usage of mokutil is broken and should be fixed for Fedora 20.
  • UEFI PlugFest - Samer El-Haj-Mahmoud, HP

    We also got visited by two Kernel Maintainers Greg Kroah-Hartman and James Bottomley who even tried some of his tools on our systems.
    UEFI PlugFest - James Bottomley, Parallels - Neill Kapron, HP

    Note that Some USB keys even correctly formated didn’t boot correctly on some platforms so if you encounter this issue, try using another USB key.

    Finally I made some tries with MondoRescue on the Last Fedora distribution installed. I thought the work done to support EFI on Itanium would be sufficient, but there are some detection problems for the boot loader in mindi need to be solved and are now tracked upstream as well.

    And on top of all what I was able to learn working with my 3 colleagues, I was pointed to a very instructive article from Ken Thomson on Trusting Trust, I hadn’t read before (and I encourage you to read it), following discussions on Secure Boot. And we had a very nice dinner downtown, a walk through Bourbon Street
    Bourbon Street

    followed by a real air of New Orleans Jazz.

    That was the end of a very rich US week. More to come on other more recent travels later.

Distro Recipes 2013: Nice first !


Distro Recipes 2013
As indicated, I had the opportunity to talk during the first Distro Recipes event organized in Paris last week, at the invitation of Hupstream. As Yoann Sculo posted, this was a very interesting day for me, and I really regret I was busy to also attend the first day and the opening.

After a nice welcome breakfast, Aurélien Bompard started by presenting the Fedora distribution.
Aurélien Bompard presenting the Fedora distribution
He did a great job especially expalining how easy it was to become a Fedora maintainer, even if a comparison to Debian revealed that it’s much less different that what people may think (it also takes time to become a packager able to modify most distro packages) and I know by experience that the Fedora packagers are really picky (sometimes for not so good reasons) with new contributions.

After that I talked about HP and Linux distributions. I used in fact the standard HP marketing presentation of the company as a starter (modified of course to suit my needs and include more penguins !) in order to explain the span of our activities, our relationship with communities including distributions, announced that HP will even soon provide firmware for ProLiant servers under a package format (rpm and deb), the fact that HP doesn’t see Linux demand for desktop/laptop on the consumer market (no, it’s not just a price issue that would make Linux more appealing in that case as I justified) but that we do support Linux on some enterprise desktops/laptops. Hopefully this was useful and/or new to some of the audience.

Then Dodji Seketeli made the type of talk making you believe that you could contribute to gcc ! Of course, when he details how much time it took him to add some of the features of the next stable version, you know you can’t ! Well I at least 😉 Anyway lots of good news and features that make that future version 4.8 expected soon.
Dodji Seketeli on gcc

That conclude our morning sessions, and it was then time to eat !! Especially as we had a great buffet waiting for us as you can see:
Repas midi

In order to avoid a sleepy afternoon, we started right after by a round table with 7 people (!), that I had the pleasure to chair. With a representative of each distribution (Mageia, openSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Arch, Embedded) and a Microsoft representative, you could expect blood and swords fight ! Not at all, I was surprisingly happy that the elements were clearly exposed, each representative defending their own work rather than criticizing, and finding ways to propose more future joint work. Of course, some subjects such as LSB/FHS lead to more debate, but very constructive and I really enjoyed this time slot as a way to show that differences are an added value ! It was also the opportunity for me to meet with Colin Guthrie and Frédérc Crozat, which I had never met before. These distros should be happy to have such representatives defending them (and the others too of course ;-)) Finally if you have ideas to share to improve cross-distribution work , consider joining the mailing listdedicated to his topic and start sharing your ideas.

Then it was time again for the remaining presentations. The first was Lucas Nussbaum. Long time Debian Developer, (he is even running for the Debian Project Leader now, vote for him !) he made a convincing picture of the Debian ecosystem, the numerous Web sites that contributors can create to enhance the distribution with stats, infos, Ubuntu correlations, … As usual, Debian appears as a very mature distribution, with a strong Governance, being perl friendly… If I had to change I may well become a debianers. But isn’t it because of the pres, as the morning I was a fedorian 😉
Lucas Nussbaum pour Debian

The next speaker was a long time Linux enthousiast Pierre Ficheux. In fact back when it was Minitel time (not 2.0) I used his xtel program !! Pierre made a presentation (in english but with the accent ;-)) around embedded Linux distributions, presenting various way to tailor one for your device (he was using a Raspberry Pi) depending whether you use an Ubuntu, a Yocto generated one or a pure OpenEmbedded linux one. Definitely a good idea to explore for my Pi !
Pierre Ficheux sur Yocto (Open Wide)

And then we had the lightnings talks. Aurélien Bompard was there again for HyperKitty. Too bad it’s devoted to mailan, as I think Sympa would also benefit from such a work, as their archive management (at least on the latest versions I used) could be improved.
Aurélien Bompard pour HyperKitty

I came then again on stage for a presentation (building cross-distro packages for upstream projects) and made a short demo which I think is explaining much more than my slides, so I plan on using it more in the future !

After me, Eric Leblond explained how his upstream project (ulogd2) wasn’t picked up correclty by most distributions and asked for help to improce that.

And final speaker was Nicolas Vérité who made a panel on all mobile Linux distributions, recommending to follow closely Tizen for the future as the main force in this area.
Nicolas Vérité sur Distros Mobile

Too bad it was already over. Anne closed the session and I’d like to thank her for the invitation and the perfect organization of this first cross-distributions vent as a real success. Well done and see you next year hopefully !
Anne Nicolas (Hupstream)

Meet at HP Discover next week



I’ll be at the major HP event (HP Discover) next week in Frankfurt, Germany from the 4th to the 6th of December, delivering 2 sessions, and attenting some others which look very promising.

You may find me on the Red Hat booth or the Intel booth, if you want to talk about code and projects (MondoRescue,, UUWL), Architecture, FLOSS Governance, FLOSS @ HP or in general. Will be happy to exchange with you around these topics.

You may find more details (in french) on the sessions I’ll be delivering on the event blog site.

See you there !

HP Discover Las Vegas 2011


Even if it’s already passed, as announced, I want to share what I saw during this event.

I arrived in Las Vegas on the 8th of June, just in time for registration, and then had to sleep to recover from the jet lag.

On the 9th of June, before starting the day, I had a strong thought for my daughter who was celebrating without me her 17th anniversary today. Happy birthday Ségolène !!

The event is just enormous this year. 10000 customers are around ! The exhibition hall is twice or three times the size of the already large HP Tech Forum one I visited the last 2 previous years. There are partners all over the place exhibiting + huge HP booths on all what we can deliver, and believe me, we can do a lot !! I now understand why they changed the location for this year, as they were probably in need for a larger convention center than the Mandalay Bay one (which was the largest I knew before ;-)) All of that is just impressive.

I was in the first set of sessions today at 8:00AM to speak about RISC/Unix to ProLiant/Xeon/RHEL migration. Hope the about 35 people in the room got the message correctly, even if the jet-lag was not completely absorbed.

Then I joined a session on HP Vertica Analytics system, solution for big data. (Colin Mahony, VP Product Management, Business Dev & Marketing). The product was just announced on Monday. Colin explained the following:

  • 40% of growth in data per year (0.8 ZB in 2009, 35 in 2020). Exponential data growth with regards to budget growth.
  • Goal is to create a disruptive techno to support analytics of these large data set.
  • Disconnect between customers asking for Industry Standard Technologies, cost effective, real time, distributed, … and buying Oracle Teradata.
  • Area of intrest in Web 2.0 gaming, Telco, Oil and Gaz, FSI, … 350+ customers.
  • Vertica is ACID compliant, SQL compliant. Not recommended on continental sites. No BLOB support (put them in Hadoop).
  • Vertica provides 4C == Columnar storage (reduce # of queries and I/Os), Compression (ratio from 5 to 60 wrt raw), Continuous performance (wrt competition: 50x to 1000x query perf, 2x load, 0.5x density), Clustering (shared nothing P2P system + Internal Raid)
  • They also propose a Deatabase Designer + Workload Analyser
  • Customer example: Zynga 2PB graphical representations of social connections.
  • Compared to Haddop/Mapreduce Vertica is real time vs batch oriented

They have a UDx C++ framework in 5.0, going beyond SQL and an Hadoop connector.
The software is 37 MB. It supports RHEL, SELS, Fedora (ext3). And it works with BO, SAP.
They don’t have their own analytics apps. They rather partner with SAS, ETL.
Oracle migration is straight forward at schema level.
No support for stored procedures.
Vertica provides tools to help for migration.

The technology looks impressive and I’ll have to see how we can cooperate with them to host a demo in our Solution Center.

The rest of the day was dedicated to a Red Hat meeting, in particular with Karthik Prabahkar who took time to explain to me the whole Cloud approach at Red Hat, being their Technologist on the subject. I have now a much better view on Cloud Forms, DeltaCloud API and OpenShift, how they articutate, what is coming and how all that can fit with the HP portfolio 😉 A lot of fun coming !

The night was the opportunity to see Paul Mc Cartney himself in concert. It’s really impressive to hear Beatles songs sung by one of them, on stage, with always a great energy and excellent musicians around. Even if that’s not my prefered type of music, I enjoyed it a lot, much more than I had expected. He is a great musician and worth hearing in concert.

The 10th of June was a short day, as session were only delivered in the morning. After a short private meeting with Kristin Lampka of Intel to sync up on our activities, I covered our HP|Intel|Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative first, which gathered some 20 people (not too bad for an early session when everybody is leaving it seems). Had 2 contacts afterwards that may lead to some activities later on. I then followed-up immediately with a session on MondoRescue to which about 12 people attended, including a satisfied user 😉 It’s so nice from time to time to get good feedback as a change to all the problems reported on the mailing-list !!

It was then time to lunch and I had the great pleasure to pass this moment with Marc Nozell, working in the US in our Partners group (PTAC) and who has always interesting views on the IT industry and Open Source in particular. We had a very good discussion in particular on the future of IT usage, especially by tennagers, private data manipulation, Facebook and all what you can imagine around such as combining that with face recognition and all the trouble it could generate. Was generating good thoughts as well as being entertaining.

I passed the rest of the day sorting the tons of mail accumulated through out the week and left the US on Saturday. Should be back in August for a longer period this time, but in Houston.

OSSI: Best Stronger Together EMEA Red Hat Partner 2011



HP Intel and Red Hat OSSI

Stronger Together Award



HP and Intel have been honored with the Stronger Together Award at the Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit which took place in Dublin 5-8 of June.
During the event, HP has delivered keynote and breakout sessions and experts from the Solution Center managed the joint HP and Intel booth. Participants were able to see the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 and to witness demonstrations of advanced virtualization with RHEL 6.1 KVM and SRIOV on top of HP ProLiant Xeon systems as part of the joint HP Intel and Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative (OSSI).


“The 12 year partnership between HP and Red Hat is based on collaborative engineering and joint marketing activities that have led to a wide range of partner engagements and customer successes across all industries. HP and Intel were delighted to be joint gold sponsors at the Red Hat Partner Summit in Dublin week held in Dublin, and to win Red Hat’s  "Stronger Together" award. This was a great acknowledgement of our tireless work, particularly within the EMEA HP, Intel, and Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative based in Grenoble France, to ease our customer’s transition to open source and to equip them in their journey to the cloud…”

– Rhys Austin, Senior Business Development Manager,

HP Industry Standard Server EMEA


“From the outset of its partnership with Red Hat, HP has shown a strong commitment to Red Hat’s business.and were very keen to educate their staff on Red Hat offerings and expand their footprint within Red Hat’s partner ecosystem. In 2009 Red Hat became involved in the HP Intel Solution Center located in Grenoble, an innovative center offering a unique collaborative working environment where HP, Intel and partners can work together.  Our HP, Intel and Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative (OSSI) brings together an ecosystem of partners and customers from these companies and can leverage a strong vertical focus where necessary.  It is important to Red Hat that the technical expertise at the Solution Center in Grenoble includes open source, plus extended knowledge around HW, Storage, HA, solutions and consulting offerings. and we are looking forward to further developing our joint initiative with HP and Intel.”

– Petra Heinrich, VP
Partners & Alliances,

Red Hat EMEA


To learn more about the OSSI and RISC to Linux on ProLiant migrations, you may contact Arnaud Meurant ( or Bruno Cornec ( and visit our web site at


To learn more on the event, visit





Proposition of Cross-Distro Mini-Conf for 2012


Time has come again to think to our friends down under ! Since I was there in 2007 for a MondoRescue conference I think this is really a place to be in the FLOSS ecosystem when possible; Too bad it’s so far away from France 😦 Travel costs are not light either.

But I thought I should propose the follwoing mini-conf, as the one I attended in Fosdem 2010 on the same topic worked very interesting, and allowed to start some joint collaboration that I think is fruitful and avoid/reduce fragmentation.

I hope it will be accepted to give me an opportunity to fly there and meet with the great community which gathers there each year.

So here it is (Thanks to the great example provided by Martin Michlmayr last year)

The “Cross-Distribution” mini-conf at LCA 2012 (Ballarat, Australia; January 16-20 2012) is for people interested in cooperation between Open Source distributions. Topics include contributors agreements, licensing policies, packaging best practices and tools, sharing patches to upstream projects, communications, working with upstream Open Source developers, translations, governance, workflow in place, version control systems, bug reporting management and sharing,, funding, marketing, lessons from your experience, and whatever related topics people would like to bring up. Whether you are a single contributor working on a single package, or leading a full distribution, managing a full distribution infrastructure, or representing it in the press, whether it’s famous as Debian or less as AbulEdu this mini-conf hopes to bring different people together to exchange thoughts and facilitate discussion about these topics.

Presentation submitters should feel free to suggest their own topics. Here is a list of potentially interesting subjects (in no particular order):

* Building software packages on a large scale
* Choosing valid licenses and copyright policies
* Patch management
* Working with upstream
* Forking a distribution
* Experiences in distributed development
* Managing bug report and enhancement request
* Tools to support making a distribution
* Translation of a distribution
* Reuse between distributions
* Collaborationbetween distributions
* Distribution structures
* Distribution Development Management and Governance
* Distribution Corporate Governance
* Lessons learned in building up your distribution
* Marketing
* Communication
* Copyrights
* Applying your copyright and license choices

We hope to receive proposals for:

* 50 minute expert panel discussions
* 50 minute full presentations
* 25 minute half presentations
* 5-10 minute lightning talks (e.g. success stories, …)

To submit a proposal, please contact Bruno Cornec at and include the following information:

* Your name
* Brief bio noting any previous speaking experience
* Talk title
* Brief outline of your proposed talk
* Notes of any special equipment / facilities you may require

Third day at the EMEA Red Hat partner Summit


Time again to attend the Keynote !

Werner Knoblich eVP Red Hat EMEA, covered as usual the latest results from Red Hat in EMEA:

  • YoY 34% increase
  • 3% increase on the indirect to reach 63%
  • 155 more new net people in EMEA reaching 1000 (only 100, 8 years ago !)

Werner mentioned the future role of virtualization, insisting on the importance of the openvirtualization alliance to avoid a future MicroSoft to be created, and the commitment of IBM, HP and Intel in it.

Rhys Austin,Senior Business Development Manager for HP Industry Standard Server (ISS) EMEA, was presenting the instant-on enterprise with HP CloudSystem as next keynote. He started insisting on the importance of the channel for HP, as it is for Red Hat.He mentioned that the Business department is today outpacing the IT department. So Cloud is thought to be helpful in that approach, including buying external resources to the company. Concerns around cloud are in order: Lock in, Performanace, Availability and Security; and external vs internal integration.
Rhys then described the multiple aspects a cloud architecture should cover, depending also on the user’s point
of view, and presented how HP ClouSystem could give answers to all these feature requests and concerns.

Rhys also presented HP Cloud Maps, aligned with Red Hat Cloud strategy to accelerate application deployment and create cloud services (RAC and JBoss already provided). And Rhys detailed how Red Hat products fit into HP CloudSystem.

He finally exposed that partners need to question their customers’ cloud strategy to not risk loosing business
and be positioned in that new play either as provider, aggregator or broker. HP cannot do that without partners.

Joel Berman, VP Global Field Marketing at Red Hat, was kind enough to mention how our Solution Center in Grenoble and the joint Open Source Solutions
that I initiated there between HP, Intel and Red Hat could help customers and partners make more business w
ith us ! But that was not the nicest mention for us that day 😉

Craig Muzilla, VP of the Middleware Business Unit at Red Hat, then went on stage to describe where Red Hat is on the JBoss side, in a session called “JBoss Everywhere – Better for the Enterprise. Ready for the Cloud”. He insisted on how JBoss is now used strategically by large companies such as SFR, NYSE, Allianz, …

Red Hat announced JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 (supporting JEE 6, and CDI contributed to JCP)
Red Hat announced also JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6 (foundation for Cloud computing)

Craig went on describing the future of JBoss around mobility, cloud and SOA. He also covered MRG and BRMS.

We then had a very fruitfull meeting with Jim Totton and Joel Berman, which continued on our booth as well with Lars Hermann. After a bit of booth duty, it was time again to deliver our second session around best practices for RISC/Unix to RHEL on HP Xeon based ProLiant migration. You can get ideas of the topics we covered by reading the excellent blog article of Arnaud who is leading that activity at WW level for HP.
We had less people than the day before, but hopefully this will lead to some concrete further on contacts around concrete migration opportunities !

Again a dense day, but it was not the end, as we still had to attend the dinner at the Guiness StoreHouse, where Red Hat announces their prices for the best partners of the year, and organize a fun evening with the 700+ partners representatives that are attending.

And I must confess that this part of the day was the most interesting for us !! More on that in the next article.