Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 Released, Offering Two Kernel Options & Still Supporting Btrfs

Written by Michael Larabel in Oracle on 17 April 2018 at 12:58 PM EDT. 2 Comments
Just one week after launching Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, Oracle has released the latest version of their RHEL7-derived Oracle Linux 7. The Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 pulls in the latest *EL7 changes while also offering their "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" option.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 ships with Oracle's own Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 4, which is based on the Linux 4.1 LTS kernel series. Oracle has been working on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 that is rebased against Linux 4.14 LTS, but this Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 release is defaulting to the proven UEK4 build.

With their UEK kernel, Oracle says they are still supporting the Btrfs file-system even though Red Hat has deprecated Btrfs support and will be removing the support completely with RHEL8.

More details on Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 can be found via today's release announcement.
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