Thursday, February 04, 2010

Can someone explain this to me?

How does a pure open source company like Red Hat do something like this? Buy our virtualization products to reduce costs and by the way you'll need a Windows server if you want management capabilities to control everything. Am I not reading this right? The source for this information is the overall datasheet file found here...

System Requirements

Management server:

x86 server running US English language version of Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2, .Net 3.5 or later, Application Server role installed Windows Server 2008 not supported

Management console:
x86 desktop or server running Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 or later, and Internet Explorer 6-8


Ryan Rix said...

That application was at one time a proprietary windows application developed by another company

Red Hat bought that company and immediately released the Windows-only code under a Free Software license.

Last I checked they were porting it to either Java or GNU/linux.

Patience grasshopper ;)

(sorry I'm lacking details, I don't remember most of them ;) )

David Gómez said...

I dont get it, it is Red Hat telling us we need Windows if we want control their software???

Arsenick said...

As Ryan said, they are currently porting it to run on jboss (in java..).

He's talking about RHEV the new virtualisation product from redhat. They bought a company a year ago and this company had a great virtualisation tool and a protocol (spice) so they took everything and they are now in the process of porting it to java en releasing everything.. Just as they did with directoryserver and many other acquisition..

For now you need to have an active directory to manage the user active in the system and to install the "web interface" which one use IIS ;) .. And you have to use Internet Explorer. I know there was a plugin for firefox, but I'm not sure if it works fine..

Anyway, it's underway.. I think this is a really great product.

Give them a little bit more time and as they always do, they will release a strong product!

moonpup said...

Thank you everyone for the input. I was not aware of this acquisition and am sure most people looking at the product documentation would know that either.

I think it's great that they are working on porting it over, but it would be nice if they stated such on the website/documentation so that people don't get the wrong impression.