[rhelv6-announce] Red Hat Announces Beta Availability of the Next Minor Release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
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Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the beta of the next
minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9.
The general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 will mark the
end of Production Phase 1 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 product Life
Cycle. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform's 10-year Life Cycle
enables customers with existing hardware and software investments to
confidently and securely remain on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 until they
are ready to migrate to a newer version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux --
or until the conclusion of the product's Extended Life Phase.
Included in this minor release are a broad set of updates to existing
features, including new functionality in the areas of virtualization and
networking; new support for standards, certifications and security; and
enhancements to certificate-based Red Hat Subscription Management. Also
included are additions to capabilities for developers and support for
some of the latest platforms from our hardware partners. With new
drivers for Microsoft Hyper-V that have recently been accepted by the
upstream Linux community, customers can now run Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.9 as a virtual guest on Hyper-V with improved performance.
Key functionality in the beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 showcases Red Hat's strong relationships
with industry-leading hardware vendors. This minor release contains
support for the latest CPU, chip set, and device driver enhancements
from leading hardware vendors.
Security, Standards, and Certifications
Security enhancements are fundamental to any Red Hat Enterprise Linux
release. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes support for the latest
U.S. government password policy requirements. This capability provides
IT managers with tighter security controls and the ability to verify and
check the robustness of any new password entered by a user.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 adds support for using FIPS (Federal
Information Processing Standard) mode with dmraid root devices. FIPS
mode now supports RAID device discovery, RAID set activation, and the
creation, removal, rebuilding and displaying of properties.
With the introduction of OpenJDK 7, customers can develop and test
applications using the latest version of open source Java.
Many new SystemTap improvements first introduced in Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 6.3 have been added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, including
compile-server and client support for IPv6 networks, smaller SystemTap
files, faster compiles, and compile server support for multiple
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes a new rsyslog5 package that
upgrades rsyslog to major version 5. The rsyslog5 package runs faster
and is more reliable than existing rsyslog packages.
Samba has been updated to version 3.6. New features include fully
featured SMB2 support, a reworked print server, and security default
improvements for all versions of Samba.
Customers can easily run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 as a guest on top
of Microsoft Hyper-V, providing enhanced interoperability in a Windows
environment. This enhances the usability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
for guests in a heterogeneous, multi-vendor virtualized environment and
provides improved flexibility and interoperability for our customers.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 now includes the Microsoft Hyper-V Linux
drivers, which were recently accepted by the upstream Linux community,
improving the overall performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as a
guest on Microsoft Hyper-V.
Red Hat Subscription Management
With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, customers by default will use Red Hat
Subscription Management as an enhanced subscription management
capability using X.509 certificates. This will allow customers to
effectively manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions locally and
report on subscription distribution and utilization. A number of Red
Hat Subscription Manager improvements make migration from Red Hat
Network (RHN) Classic to certificate-based Subscription Management
easier. In addition, the Subscription Manager user interface is now
easier to use and navigate.
To take full advantage of the latest features and hardware support
available from the leading enterprise class platform, we encourage Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 5 customers to consider upgrading to Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 6.
We greatly appreciate the support we receive from our partners and
customers who work closely with us to develop and deliver the highest
quality open source enterprise platform available today.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team
 Details of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle are available
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To access and download an evaluation copy for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.9, please visit: https://access.redhat.com/downloads/
For access to the documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9
including the release notes, please visit:
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