"Satellite is a critical tool for Red Hat users as it
provides management capabilities for multiple servers for software
deployment and updates.
"Almost six months ago, Red Hat kicked off the Spacewalk project
in an effort to create an open source version of Network Satellite
that would serve as the upstream project that drives development.
According to Red Hat executives, Spacewalk is still in the process
of getting aligned with Network Satellite releases in terms of the
"As well, Spacewalk is now gearing up to replace Network
Satellite's proprietary Oracle database backend with an open source
database. It's all part of Red Hat's larger efforts to use the open
source model effectively in all parts of its business, as well as
reducing the costs associated with proprietary databases."