Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta Released With Stratis, Yum 4, Application Streams

Written by Michael Larabel in Red Hat on 15 November 2018 at 09:07 AM EST. 28 Comments
The long-awaited public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is finally available!

Red Hat surprised us with the beta roll-out this morning of RHEL8 ahead of the official Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 in 2019. Highlights of RHEL8 include:

- Application Streams (AppStreams) for better separating user-space packages from the core kernel operations. This allows for shipping newer versions of applications prior to major/minor RHEL updates, utilizing multiple versions of the same package concurrently, etc.

- OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3 support.

- RHEL8 Composer allows easily building and deploying custom Red Hat Enterprise Linux images across hybrid clouds.

- Stratis support as Red Hat's next-generation Linux storage effort.

- Yum 4 for next-generation Linux package management.

- Wayland is the default display environment over the X.Org Server when running the GNOME Shell desktop.

- NVDIMM support.

- Some key package versions include Python 3.6, GNOME Shell 3.28, GCC 8.2, PHP 7.2, and Glibc 2.28.

More details on RHEL 8 Beta via I'll be trying and benchmarking this first public Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 test release in the days ahead.
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