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Red Hat has made a new version of its Enterprise Linux operating system available as a beta. The new version, number 7.7, contains several updates aimed at stability that are still too cautious to be made available in version 8. Version 8 offers several new features and is already available as a preview.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 7 continues to receive updates, because Red Hat wants to continue to provide long-term support until 2024, writes Silicon Angle. The latest update provides better support for new enterprise hardware systems.

In addition, it comes up with solutions to the recently announced ZombieLoad vulnerabilities, which are related to errors detected in Intel chips. The vulnerabilities allow hackers to steal company data. According to Red Hat, RHEL users are now protected against these vulnerabilities. The underlying problems in the chip may cause the solution to delay some types of workloads.

Other updates

RHEL 7.7 also includes improvements to the network stack. Users can now offload their virtual switching operations to the network interface card. This should benefit everyone who uses a network function virtualization, which disconnects network functions from proprietary hardware appliances so that they can run software on standardized hardware. According to the company, this should result in better network performance on cloud and container platforms.

The new release also includes Red Hat’s new Insights tool, which uses predictive analytics to detect and solve potential system problems before they cause harm.

The latest notable update is support for Image Builder, which first appeared in the preview of RHEL 8. Image Builder is a tool used to easily create RHEL system images for cloud and virtualization platforms such as Amazon Web Services, VMware vSphere and OpenStack.

RHEL 8

RHEL 8 was unveiled at the beginning of May during its Summit 2019 in Boston. This version is adapted to the specific needs of companies and organizations that do a lot of DevOps. It was completely overhauled in order to better assist companies and organizations in the development, management and movement of workloads and operational tasks from the edge, the on premise data center up to (multi) cloud environments.

Version 8 should further assist in the development and implementation of innovation and technology strategies.

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