RHEL 6.7 released

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the most popular enterprise-class Linux distributions. With its stability, extended support and reliability it is the fundamental of many mission-critical systems. RHEL 7 was released about one year ago, RHEL 7.1 was released in March of this year and RHEL 7.2 is coming soon, so why would I care about RHEL 6.7?

Why is RHEL 6.7 important?

A beginner system administrator may not recognize the importance of such an update. Whilst one with a blank page may just start with RHEL 7, a company with many RHEL 6-equipped machines will have some troubles. First of many is the price RHEL comes with. Secondly the difference between RHEL version 6 and 7 is not small and adapting an existing application to the new operating system may add substantial costs. Third is the lack of skill needed in order to administer a relatively new platform. All of these make up the problem: how can I keep running my application safely without adding any costs? The solution : RHEL 6.7. For a beginner it may not seem, but maintaining one machine or one thousand (virtual or not) is not a trivial difference. Hence Red Hat released RHEL 6.7 in order to provide a secure and safe alternative for all those companies not yet ready to switch to version 7.

New features

  • RHEL 6.7 is mostly a security upgrade, it features 242 package upgrades.
  • New packages have been added to clufter (cluster administration).
  • New packages have been added to lshw (hardware information).
  • Red Hat Access Insight has been introduced. It is a new hosted service to proactively discover and triage problems.
  • Several SCAP bugs have been fixed and a new package: scap-workbench has been added.

You can find more insights in the release notes, and technical notes.


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