Since the launch of OnMetal, you have asked us to expand the base images that we offer. Our goal is to have parity in what we support for our virtual Cloud Servers and OnMetal. Hence, we have been working hard to have other popular Linux distros supported for OnMetal. We are excited to let you know that we now support a substantial number of distros.
A security vulnerability affecting GNU Bash (CVE-2014-6271), also known as the Shellshock bug or vulnerability, has been discovered. According to research, the bug could be used to remotely take control of a system that uses Bash, which is part of many Linux systems. Rackspace customers that use Bash as their shell should apply the vendor-recommended patch as soon as possible. For additional information, please view the following: https://access.redhat.com/articles/1200223.
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Maintaining host files on standard *nix system has been traditionally done by hand. This becomes a challenge as the number of systems grows and is more true in the cloud model, where you might add/delete servers at a higher rate. One solution would be to use DNS and use a local zone to store your host name to IP mapping. If you are using Chef for automation, here is another example on how to automatically generate the host file entries.
When we launched the Open Cloud Academy last year, one of our goals was to help make technology careers and education more inviting to women and minorities. We want to help improve talent diversity in our industry.
SELinux support and updated CentOS 5.8 images
Much of the Linux community is familiar with the SELinux project, which describes itself as “a security enhancement to Linux which allows users and administrators more control over access control.”
Rackspace has added four new Linux operating system distributions for Cloud Servers, giving the Linux community in the cloud more choice. We have added Fedora 17, CentOS 5.8, CentOS 6.2 and Ubuntu 12.04. These are available in addition to our variety of popular 64-bit Linux distributions.