[rhelv6-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 Now Available

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (Santiago) announcement mailing-list rhelv6-announce at redhat.com
Wed May 11 00:22:31 UTC 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6.8, the latest version of our Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform.
Nearly six years into its lifecycle, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
continues to provide a stable, proven, and predictable foundation for
organizations seeking to build and deploy large, complex IT projects
with confidence.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 includes a number of new and updated
features, including:

 * Libreswan, an implementation of one of the most widely supported
and standardized VPN protocols, giving Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
customers access to recent advances in VPN security.

 * New capabilities to the Identity Management client code (SSSD), namely:
   * cached authentication lookup on the client reduces the
unnecessary exchange of user credentials with Active Directory servers
   * support for adcli simplifies the management of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 6 systems interoperating with an Active Directory domain
   * support for user authentication via smart cards, for both system
login and related functions such as sudo

 * A more streamlined system administration experience thanks to the
inclusion of Relax-and-Recover, a system archiving tool that enables
administrators to create local backups in ISO format that can be
centrally archived and replicated remotely for simplified disaster
recovery operations.

 * The simplified addition of packages via an enhancement of the yum
tool adds intelligence to locate and streamline the process of
locating required packages when adding/enabling new platform features.

 * Support for xfs filesystem sizes up to 300TB (when using the
Scalable File System Add-on).
Access to an updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 platform image which
enables customers to migrate their traditional workloads into
container-based applications – suitable for deployment on Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host.

Today’s release also marks the transition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 into Production Phase 2, a phase which prioritizes ongoing stability
and security features for critical platform deployments. More
information on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle can be found at

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 is now available in the Red Hat Customer
Portal to all customers with an active Red Hat Enterprise Linux
subscription. To access and download Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8,
please visit: http://red.ht/1XjgP7l

To access documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including the
release notes, visit:

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team

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