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Sunday, 08 November 2015 10:11

How to make live-patching Linux really cool Featured

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When it comes to numbers, SUSE Linux is a long, long way behind Red Hat, the 800-lb gorilla of commercial Linux companies.

Now that gap may widen even further after Red Hat signed a deal with Microsoft to collaborate on cloud installations.

But when it comes to making technology cool, SUSE does appear to have a better handle on things.

Every year, at its annual SUSECon conference, the company has released one or more videos that make geeky stuff really cool. There were a couple last year that caught the eye.

This year was even better, with a catchy video to popularise the new kernel-patching technology that was announced last year.

A parody of Uptown Funk, called Uptime Funk, was the way SUSE chose to convey the message to the masses.

Yes, these people are crazy enough to make a video about kernel-patching, something that will never be discussed at the dinner table by even the nerdiest of families.

Red Hat has its own patch called kpatch and SUSE has kGraft but you can see from this video that SUSE perhaps knows a little bit more about getting the message across.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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