Red Hat is beginning to look for feedback and ideas from their enterprise customers about what they would like to see from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the next major release of their flagship Linux operating system.
Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 in November after it was available as beta for months prior. It took a few months for the Scientific Linux developers to release Scientific Linux 6.0, as their community rebuild of the RHEL6.0 packages, and shortly thereafter Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 was released. The Scientific Linux developers are now preparing to do their 6.1 release while the well-known CentOS team still hasn't even done their CentOS 6.0 release yet with eight months having passed since the official RHEL release.
Red Hat's Eric Sandeen has written an interesting blog post concerning the size of popular Linux file-systems and their kernel modules. It turns out that the XFS file-system is losing lines of code, while maintaining the same feature-set and robustness, but the EXT4 and Btrfs file-systems continue to have a net increase in lines of code.
In mid-January was when Red Hat made the RHEL 5.6 GA release, but now three months later the CentOS 5.6 community rebuild of RHEL 5.6 is finally available. CentOS 6.0 though is still missing in action.
Red Hat has announced today the beta version of their first update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. This beta provides a combination of bug-fixes, new features, and other work to customers of RHEL6.
While Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 is available for those focusing upon new RHEL installations or those system administrators looking for a major upgrade, Red Hat has just announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 as an upgrade to RHEL5.
Back in April there was the first beta release of RHEL 6.0 and today Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 has officially entered the world.
Back in April was the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0, but now arriving two and a half months later is the second beta of the forthcoming RHEL6 that's a major update to Red Hat's enterprise Linux operating system.
A month and a half has passed since the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, but CentOS 5.5 has finally made it out into the world as the community equivalent to the RHEL5.5 packages. CentOS 5.5 is available for i386 and x86_64 systems and there continues to be LiveCDs of it for those interested.
As part of a series of blog posts and video interviews about new features coming to Fedora 13, Red Hat has most recently published a new item entitled Making 3D Free for Innovation: Fedora 13 Graphics Drivers.
While the Fedora community is busy coming up with the Fedora 14 codename, its corporate parent, Red Hat, is celebrating the release of the first beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0. As of this morning, the first public beta is now available for this major update to their flagship Linux enterprise operating system.
Last week Plymouth had picked up a DRM renderer plug-in, but now this week it has picked up an X11 renderer plug-in. This plug-in makes it possible to run Plymouth and its graphical plug-ins from within an X Server. Right now this is largely beneficial for debugging and testing out Plymouth code and new plug-ins, while in the future it may come in handy for other uses too.
Plymouth, the nifty boot splash program developed by Red Hat to replace RHGB and leverages kernel-based mode-setting to provide a flicker-free experience, is in the process of picking up more features. Committed to the Plymouth repository is now a DRM plug-in.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 was just released, but Red Hat engineers have already been working on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and today a few details regarding this next major feature release were learned during the Red Hat Summit in Chicago. Details regarding RHEL 6.0 are scant, especially with Red Hat being a public company and all, but some new information was gained today and some signals of what's coming down the pipe can already be spotted in Fedora.
We are at the Red Hat Summit in Chicago this week where version 5.4 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux was introduced this morning. Version 5.4 of RHEL brings many virtualization improvements, including the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) finally shipping with this enterprise-grade operating system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 also brings support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet, compatibility with newer Intel/AMD x86 hardware, and thousands of bug/security fixes.
It's arriving a few days late, but Fedora 12 Alpha has just made it out into the world. Red Hat's Jesse Keating announced the release of Fedora 12 Alpha (which goes under the codename of Constantine) is now available to early adopters and those interested in trying out this very early release of the next Fedora release.
Plymouth, the Red Hat graphical boot loader replacement that leverages kernel mode-setting to provide a clean and flicker-free boot experience, is in the process of receiving a number of new updates. Plymouth right now is largely just used by Fedora, but it's been picked up for Mandriva 2010, and Canonical was going to switch to it in Ubuntu 9.10, but that decision was retracted. With Fedora 12 being in the middle of development, Red Hat is in the process of bringing Plymouth up to speed for Constantine.
After getting hit by a two last minute delays, the final release of Fedora 11 (codenamed Leonidas) is now available. Red Hat's Paul Frields who leads the Fedora Project has announced its release in the usual creative release announcement.
It has been in the works for a while, but Red Hat has finally released the NetworkManager 0.7.1 update. This point update to the wonderful NetworkManager 0.7.0 brings support for more mobile broadband devices and mobile phones, works with more WiFi and wired network devices, compatibility fixes, reduced wake-ups to conserve power, WiFi strength corrections, Bluetooth improvements, support for custom IPv4 settings with mobile broadband devices, and various other fixes too.
Not a lot of work has gone into Red Hat's Plymouth project since the release of Fedora 10, but now in the middle of the development cycle of Fedora 11 we are seeing some new work emerge. Plymouth is a boot splash program that leverages kernel mode-setting to provide a rich, flicker-free boot experience. In the past week there have been a fair number of commits to the Plymouth Git repository, which is the first time it has seen new work since early January.
Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has actively been working on improving power management with graphics processors via the various open-source X.Org drivers. There is quite a lot of work involved, but at the FOSDEM X.Org meeting he shared an update on his progress. In particular, Matthew is trying to conserve power with the GPU, memory, outputs, and displays.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 has been in beta for a few months, but today it has been officially released. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 has improved x86_64 virtualization, support for Intel Core i7 "Nehalem" processors, and OpenJDK is now provided for "out of the box" Java usage.
Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has chronicled his AtomBIOS hacking adventures on his blog that has led to aggressive power management capabilities. By using an AtomBIOS program written by Jerome Glisse to manipulate the clock frequencies, the previously-published R500 documentation, and coding, and he managed to save 10 Watts of power with a Radeon X1300. His yet-to-be-merged DRM code down-clocks the memory frequency automatically when the screen is idle and GPU core down-clocking. Matthew has published this code in his own git repository for early testers.
Late last night Red Hat had announced the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3. This development version of the next RHEL adds in many virtualization enhancements, NetworkManager 0.7 integration, stable open-source ATI R400/500 support through xf86-video-ati (and its Mesa component), SystemTap integration, many new kernel features, a horde of new kernel drivers, and many other changes.
Back during JavaOne 2007, Sun Microsystems had released the fully open-source OpenJDK that effectively made Java a free software language. Just weeks after that Red Hat announced the IcedTea project. IcedTea is OpenJDK but mixed in is some of the code from the GNU Classpath plus other changes. While the IcedTea efforts were led by Red Hat, distributions such as Ubuntu have adopted it for their free software Java stack. Today IcedTea 1.3 was released.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) shipped this past March and about four months later we have the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1. RHEL 5.1 on all supported architectures is a minor update that offers virtualization improvements, laptop and desktop improvements, storage improvements, and a variety of other improvements. The virtualization improvements include complete Itanium2 virtualization support, support for 32-bit PV guests on 64-bit hosts, and libvirt updates. There is a horde of known issues with RHEL 5.1 Beta, but if you're interested check out the Red Hat announcement. The final release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 is slated for later this year.
We've long had Fedora Extras, but yesterday Extras Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) officially opened for yum-ing. This is an Extras RPM package repository for enterprise distributions based upon Fedora, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS. EPEL is community maintained by Fedora Project members and currently there are around 1,000 packages. The official EPEL announcement is available from the fedora-announce-list.
While it may not be as exciting as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the fifth update for RHEL4 is now available for downloaded. When it comes to new kernel features in RHEL4.5, the most noticeable change is a paravirtualized kernel for i686 and x86_64 with installation of paravirt RHEL4.5 guests. Among the new hardware supported is Intel's ICH9 Southbridge and AMD quad-core support. Additional information on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 can be found in the Red Hat mailing list announcement.
Hitting the web today is word that Red Hat's JBoss is planning to move to a similar development model to Red Hat Enterprise Linux / Fedora (eWeek article). Starting this June, JBoss will have a bleeding-edge community edition of its software (similar to Fedora) while there will still be the stable and finely-tuned version of JBoss that comes after testing and stabilization from the free version (similar to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux path). No backward compatibility is guaranteed with the free edition. The new JBoss will have a publicly available source-code control system in addition to the binaries for the free Fedora-like version. This news is coming after last week's announcement of GlassFish, JDK 6, and Java DB 10.2 being available from Ubuntu's Multiverse repository. Will we soon be encountering a heated face-off between Sun Microsystems and Ubuntu against Red Hat and JBoss?
Red Hat has announced the final release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. RHEL 5 is the much anticipated replacement for RHEL 4, and among the many new features added was support for Xen virtualization. The complete press release is available here.
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