Cern Deploys Red Hat, Continued Heartbleed Heartache, & a CentOS Desktop

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 22, 2014

Cern, "the European Organization for Nuclear Research" and probably best known for the Large Hadron Collider, has chosen Red Hat for its mission critical systems according to a report on ComputerWorlduk.com. Elsewhere, folks are still all worked up over Heartbleed, but some say its beyond the little guy - so relax. Finally today, Chris Clay at ZDNet.com has deployed CentOS on his desktop. How'd that work out?

Antony Savvas at Computerworld UK reported today that the Cern organization is deploying Red Hat products to provide a "reliable and stable platform." According to Savvas' article, Cern is using Red Hat for some of their most important applications such as the 600 database, application, and backup servers in Geneva. It also runs the LDC logging server as well as the financial and personnel severs for the 11,000 employees and users. Read the rest of the ComputerWorld UK report for more details.

A large number of articles are still expressing heartache over the Heartbleed bug. Larry Seltzer asks if OpenSSL is secure given its dominance and importance "to the everyday proper function of the Internet" and suggests an alternative might be the answer. The EETimes.com says OpenSSL Shows the Cost of 'Free,' saying, "Free software may have become the crack cocaine of the high tech sector. The flaw in OpenSSL at the heart of the recent Heartbleed bug suggests it may be time to get into some sort of recovery program." It seems Heartbleed has become an excuse to blame all Open Source and its development model. However, Tony Bradley at PCWorld.com said, "the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic" and in reality, "your home router is most likely not worth the time and effort." He concluded that the "real risk is crying wolf." This sentiment was mirrored by our own community's www.dedoimedo.com who said while this bug is real, "it is an issue that will primarily have to be addressed by companies and service providers. Your role in this game is small. The important thing is to stay calm and rational."

Finally today, Chris Clay at ZDNet.com posted of his experiment to move from Fedora to CentOS on his desktop machine. He said, "This is turning out to be a great move and I'm finding that CentOS is so widely supported that I'm converting others from Fedora to CentOS as well." He said the migration from Fedora 14 to CentOS 6 was "seamless" and is looking forward to the release of CentOS 7 later this year.