Friday, December 23, 2011

Beta Testing Begins for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5Linux vendor Red Hat is fancying itself up with a newer platform but is by no means hanging its older customers out to dry. The company is currently in the process of testing the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 release, which will provide customers with updates to the platform.

Red Hat first launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in 2007 and in the latter part of 2010 released Red Hat Linux Enterprise 6, which provided the next generation of enterprise Linux features. Red Hat Enterprise Linux was also recently updated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, which gave new control and storage features. The upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, which is now in beta testing, will be getting its own set of updates, though resource control won't be among them.

The resource control functionality found in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 is from the cgroups feature, which is also not present in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x series. According to Vice President of Linux Engineering at Red Hat Tim Burke, "cgroups was extremely invasive so you'll never see that in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. We continue to do minor feature enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5." Burke also added that the minor feature enhancements added to v5 must not be invasive or overly risky and that there is also the potential for additional hardware enablement in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

Even though cgroups isn't going to be in RHEL 5.8, other types of enterprise controls are. Some of the new features support Power Management Quality of Service (QoS), a feature that provides power savings to enterprise via automated scheduling based on QoS policies. In addition to that, there is something known as "iotop" support. This is said to provide monitoring for I/O from a process perspective that will be helpful in troubleshooting performance issues.

According to Burke, "RHEL 5 is still getting development features so it's definitely not the end of the road for RHEL 5. Remember we have a 10-year product lifecycle. At this point RHEL 5 is only four years old, so we still have a long runway left for RHEL 5."

Source: Server Watch - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Enters Testing

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Battlefield 3's PC Server Browser Gets Updated

Battlefield 3 PC Server Browser
One thing that PC gaming has always had over console gaming (at least in terms of multiplayer) was the ability to buy your on server to host your favorite games online. In addition to that, you also had the ability to join any server you could find, dramatically increasing the chances of you finding a game. Battlefield 3 brought a little of this functionality to consoles upon its release, though the PC still does it better in my opinion. However, it appears as if PC gamers will have even more to brag about as DICE has made a plethora of "super charged" improvements to the Server Browser for the PC version of Battlefield 3.

The full list of all the changes is as follows:

Filter by Country - This allows you to search for servers by country (obviously). This is highly useful for any gamer looking to play with gamers from all corners of the earth or want to play on the server of your favorite country.

Server Queuing - This is sure to make a lot of gamers happy. Server queuing allows you to be added to a waiting queue if the server you want to play on is full. This is good if you are trying to play a specific map, game mode or with specific players.

New Navigation Icons - New quick links are available that take you directly to some of the more popular areas of Battlelog as well as easy access to things like stats and dog tags.

Easier Server Joining for Parties - The whole process of joining a server with a party of friends has been improved. The update allows everybody in your party to connect to the server asynchronously, without having to wait for your team to ready up.

Battle Report Sharing - You now have the ability to share your favorite battle reports on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, letting all your friends know just how much of a boss you really are (or aren't) at the game.

Improved Server Browser - The server browser has now been equipped with more search options like Kill Cam, Friendly Fire and 3D Spotting. This is sure to make finding specific things in a game much faster and easier.

That's the run-down of all the new features in DICE's update to the Battlefield 3 PC Server Browser system. Hopefully this helps make finding games, servers and parties a lot simpler. Battlefield 3 fans should also keep an eye out for the game's first set of DLC, "Back to Karkand", set to drop on December 13th. Owners of the Limited Edition game will already have free access to the DLC with everybody else having to pay for it.

Source: - Battlefield 3 PC Server Browsers gets 'super charged' update is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!