Ubuntu Enterprise Linux 11.04

Everyone knows RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) is all “Enterprise” just because “Enterprise” is in the name – Doh !

Now I give you Ubuntu Enterprise Linux 11.04

Method #1

This is really super-simple because as my readers know, the simpler the better even when simpler is largely overlooked by the masses just because it may be perceived to be just-too-simple.

  1. Install RHEL (any version works) in the computer of your choice, the computer cannot be older than 2009 to work. (DO NOT USE A VM)
  2. Install the latest VirtualBox version 4 or later.
  3. Create a VM using VirtuBox 4.x in RHEL.
  4. Install Ubuntu Server or Desktop 11.04 in the VM you created in Step #3.
  5. Done !
Now all I/O will flow through the Magic Unicorn OS known as Red Hat – and now Ubuntu is using Red Hat for everything one might want to use Red Hat for.
Just in case some of you are reaching for your phones to call the nearest Asylum to have little ole me admitted on a 72 hour administrative hold… LOL  Keep in mind this is being done by your nearest Citrix Xen Server 5.6 because it too uses RHEL as the host OS in which you will be expected to run your Guest OS in a VM – hehe.
I actually proposed this to a Manager I have been working with but the idea was not embraced, probably because it just makes too damned much sense especially if the product you are managing runs in Debian but your I.T. support people are telling you they only want to support RHEL because it is the blessed OS for the Enterprise.
This same technique works great for any guest OS – Windows in Red Hat and other variations.

Method #2

Install apt-get in Red Hat – don’t laugh this has been done – google it.
At the end of the day, Linux code is Linux code and works in any Linux – all roads lead to the same China where Linux is concerned.  Even those who say they are adding special powers to their favorite Linux (RHEL) are really doing very little other than branding the same Linux everyone else is using for their own use.  If any Linux were gonna have Magic Unicorn Powers it would surely be RHEL because it says it is “Enterprise” and it should surely be measurable better than the rest but this just ain’t the case, in real terms.
Slap apt-get into RHEL and you get the best of Ubuntu in RHEL without Ubuntu.

Conclusions

Crazy ideas only seem “crazy” until they catch on with the masses.
Not all that long ago we all might have scoffed at the idea of using Virtual Machines rather than real computers until we learned just what the Cost of Operation is for a real server – deploy real servers by the thousands and then get ready to buy your own small power plant because that’s exactly what you will need every time you see the electric bill.
The idea of running a VM inside a host OS is nothing more than yet another way to achieve the same goal as VMWare for ESX and other products you have to spend real money to get.
Cheers.
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