“When I started working at CoverMyMeds, I inherited a server infrastructure that made sense for where the company was at the time. There was one full-time system administrator and a small group of developers. There were only a handful of production servers running a small collection of applications. The majority of applications were Ruby, and Ruby was installed onto the servers using RVM, the Ruby Version Manager.
“We had a number of PHP applications running on different versions of that language, including a custom RPM for a specific version of PHP for one app. The Red Hat default version of PHP was 5.3, which was already ancient by PHP standards.” Continue reading →
Today, Red Hat has announced Red Hat Software Collections 2.0 with a truck load of important languages, tools, databases and web servers – including the addition of a new component: Passenger. Here’s the list:
Python 3.4 – the latest stable, major release of Python 3 and includes a number of additional utilities and database connectors for MySQL
PHP 5.6 – featuring numerous improvements, additions and a streamlined upgrade path for migrating from past versions
Perl 5.20 – a recent stable release of Perl shipped with a set of additional utilities, scripts, and database connectors for MySQL and PostgreSQL
Ruby 2.2 – and, in its own collection, Rails 4.1 give users the ability to access and install an updated version of Ruby without necessarily having to install an updated version of Rails.
MySQL5.6 – inclusive of enhancements to InnoDB for higher transactional throughput, partitioning improvements for querying and managing huge tables, and better performance monitoring
MariaDB 10 – a recent stable release of this easy-to-adopt database alternative to MySQL
PostgreSQL 9.4 – featuring the new JSONB datatype, increased scalability with Logical Decoding, the foundation for new replication tools such as Bi-Directional Replication, and several additional enhancements that contribute to improved performance
MongoDB 2.6 – a high-performance, cross-platform document database features comprehensive core server enhancements, enhanced scalability and index intersection
NEW TO RHSCL: Passenger 4.0 – a modern web and application server for Ruby, Passenger 4.0 has been optimized for performance, memory usage and ease-of-use
Red Hat Software Collections 2.0 Beta also includes many updates and enhancements to existing collections, including:
Maven 3.0.5 – a recent stable release of the popular build automation tool for Java projects that describes how software is built and all associated dependencies
Python 2.7 – now includes python-wheel, python-pip, and all associated dependencies
Thermostat 1.2 – adds event-based profiling, an improved sampler profiler, Maven archetypes and visual improvements to the Swing client and charts
nginx 1.6 – a recent stable release of nginx, a high performance, open source HTTP sever and reverse proxy option
DevAssistant 0.9.3 – a useful tools for setting up development environments, publishing code and other related tasks, this latest, stable version includes several bug fixes and full backwards compatibility
Node.js 0.10.33 – previously only available through an unsupported tech preview, the latest stable release of this modern programming platform is now fully supported
All of the above are part of the majority of Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions.
New to Software Collections? Read about them on the product pages.
Have you wanted to use software collections but found packaging has kept you at bay? Tried rebuilding a package only to find it give you weird errors you’ve not seen before? In this blog post we’ll learn how to configure and use mock to build RPM packages for the Python 2.7 Software Collection. Along the way we’ll learn why we can’t use standard mock configurations, and what makes Software Collections (SCL) mock configurations different.
As Software Collections are getting popular, there are more and more people asking how they can build their own collections and/or extend collections in RHSCL. In this article, I will demonstrate how to extend python27 collection from RHSCL 1.2, adding a simple Python extension library. (Note that the same steps can be applied to the python33 collection.) I’m going to work on a RHEL 6 machine throughout this whole tutorial. I’m assuming that readers have basic knowledge of RPM building and Software Collections concept.
We recently announced that we’ve made available a set of Dockerfiles for Red Hat Software Collections. We are making these available since we think they may be useful to customers looking to build more complex application containers on top of RHEL and RHSCL. We don’t intend the Dockerfiles to produce useful standalone images which you’ll immediately put in production – the Docker images which these create are very simple containers which give you RHEL plus the basic set of packages from a particular RHSCL collection.
There are two different ways to get your hands on the Dockerfiles: