Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 release candidate arrives

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 release candidate arrives

Summary: But where's the final release of Red Hat's flagship Linux server distribution?


The good news is that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 is almost here. That's also the bad news. I'd really expected to see the shipping version of RHEL 7, the best-selling enterprise Linux distribution of all, at the company's annual Red Hat Summit meeting this week in San Francisco. Alas, it was not to be.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is almost here.

In all fairness when Red Hat announced the RHEL 7 beta n December 2013, the company described it as the most ambitious release to date and a platform that represents the future of IT. More than just the next generation of enterprise Linux server RHEL 7 is designed to provide the underpinning for future application architectures while supporting deployments across bare metal systems, virtual machines (VM), and cloud infrastructure.

According to Red Hat, RHEL 7's key features include:

  • Expanded Windows interoperability capabilities, including integration with Microsoft Active Directory domains.
  • Significant file system enhancements, including making XFS as the default file system. This allows scaling to support file systems up to 500 TBs.
  • Improved subsystem management through OpenLMI. This is a Red Hat-sponsored open source project. It's designed to provide a common infrastructure for multiple Linux systems management.
  • Real-time VM migration from RHEL 6 hosts to RHEL 7 hosts without downtime or VM modification.
  • Access to Docker container support with RHEL 7 RC, due to an expansion of the RHEL 7 High-Touch Beta program.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RC is available immediately to the company's strategic partners, including OEM and ISV partners, to help them certify their applications and systems. During the week of April 21, 2014, the company will also make RHEL 7 RC available to anyone to try. A download link has yet to be provided. 

As for RHEL 7's real, final release, well I missed my first guess. At this point, I'll just say I expect we'll see it some time in 2014's 3rd quarter.

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  • RHEL 7 can't get here fast enough for me.

    We have been selling EL 6 systems at a record pace, which is great, of course, but I have working with the 7 beta for a while now, and I want to be able offer all this new stuff to our customers ASAP.

    I'm still hoping for this quarter, but Steven's probably right.
  • Windows 8

    With Windows 8 slowly killing off Microsoft's enterprise customers, I foresee Linux being adapted by consumers and enterprises more and more. One reason is its totally free, another reason Steam is available (solves no games on Linux issue), Libre office comes with it which is free, Linux is compatible and runs well on older hardware. Linux does about everything Windows does, and its more secure.
    Pollo Pazzo
    • And It's More Secure

      except when it's not!

      Anyone whom thinks that the Black Hats haven't been clued in to the dismal code proofing that is prevalent in the Linux community should check out the good deals on land in Florida!
      • If 1 coding issue dooms an OS,

        Microsoft would have out of business in 1984.
    • Way to miss a point and be off topic

      This article is about RHEL which isn't free.

      Judging from the actual figures, Microsoft's enterprise customers aren't going anywhere, over 65 billion in sales last year.

      Steam OS has no chance in hell and Linux isn't safer, that is just a myth.

      By the way, does RHEL finally bring kernel 3.x or are they still on 2.6.
      • The beta release is on 3.10

        I use Steam for games on Fedora, works great.

        And didn't you hear? 2/3s of all web servers on the planet are Linux.
        • 2/3s of all web servers on the planet are Linux

          And look what they got from that: Security sieve for 2 years+, need to shell out $$ for new certificates, visitors/users must change their passwords, and NOBODY knows how much has been compromised during that period!

          They would not have had these problems had they just gone with Windows up front.
          • Thje RCMP have arrested the guy that got all of 900 records from RevCan.

            How did the RCMP catch the guy? Superior Linux logging and auditing would be my guess.

            Fact: The OpenSSL bug was reported mid March 2014, and fixed early April. It was released 2 years ago.

            MS doesn't ever say when a patched security bug was actually released, but I seem to remember a security fix in late 2013 that fixed a security hole in all versions of Windows since the Win XP launch in 2002. I believe it was reported around the new year here on ZDNet. But you have no (selective) memory of that, I'd bet.

            BTW: How are they doing at catching the guys that got 175M records from Target's Windows system?
          • Gee Really? No Kiddin Eh?

            The best I could find about an arrest in regards to the CRA is from back on Feb 10/14 and that was from a fraud investigation that took place over the last six years.

            Please provide a link or be forever know as "He Whose Diaper Has Reached Maximum Capacity"!
          • Here you go:

          • Guess Mujibahr's Internet search skills need work

            Or maybe its his browser and/or search engine. Apology accepted.
          • Or Maybe

            like the CBC, you're full of shit.

            The link you posted contains this: "RCMP have identified a "possible offender" after the Canada Revenue Agency saw 900 social insurance numbers stolen in a web security breach due to the Heartbleed bug.". That's it! No mention of an arrest!

            Where is the link to cover your banner: "Thje RCMP have arrested the guy that got all of 900 records from RevCan. "? There is none?

            Then that means that this is el Toro Poo Poo too!: "How did the RCMP catch the guy? Superior Linux logging and auditing would be my guess.".

            What you have given evidence to now is that "Superior Linux logging and auditing" is as much of a myth as "Secure Linux". Well Done!

            Perhaps if one were to keep their hands in their pockets, their knuckles wouldn't drag on the floor when they walked.
          • Forgot to mention, Certs expire all the time.

            Few certs are good longer than a year, and seriously, they don't cost much.

            As to changing password, we Linux people have known for years it is good idea to change your passwords regularly. I can only guess from your comment, because I wouldn't know, that changing passwords must be difficult on Windows.
          • Not all openSSL versions are affected

            Are you really so naive to believe that just using Windows instead would solve every potential issue from the Heartbleed vulnerability?

            How are you so sure Microsoft isn't keeping similar vulnerabilities hidden and just patch them with "hotfixes". Windows is a closed source product, _no one_ except MS knows what exactly is going on inside (regarding to the code). In Linux, GNU and other tools like openSSL, all source is open and everyone can review it. If there is a problem, everyone knows!
          • Huh?

            "They would not have had these problems had they just gone with Windows up front."

            Really? So the 17-year old bug that Microsoft admitted to in 2010 (and apparently knew about for at least 10 of those 17 years and left it unpatched) never caused any problems, right? (Yes, I know it is 4 years old, but it took Microsoft 17 years to admit to a bug that they knew existed!)

        • Yeah

          Except you aren't running any real games.

          2/3 of the webservers that are reachable on the internet, and even that is debatable as there are also studies that claim there are more UNIX webservers than Linux webserver.
      • Actually it is free.

        SUPPORT isn't free.

        And if you wait for CentOS/SL to remove the proprietary logos and trademarks, you can even download updates.
        • Rh

          Does not offer the binaries for download. You could download the source code, strip the branding and compile it yourself, which is what CéntOs, SL and Oracle do.

          It is therefore not free.
      • Depends on what you mean by "free"

        It's not a free download, but there are no restrictions on copying.
        John L. Ries
        • For the Record

          1 - Beside the fact that RHEL is open source and is licensed under GPL it is not freely available, let's see:
          1.a - To download RHEL you need to have a contract or a trial;
          1.b - To request a 30-Day trial you can't use your personal email account (yahoo, gmail and so forth), you are obligated to use a corporate e-mail (easy to try RHEL, huh?);
          1.c - Without a contract or a trial you don't have access to updates, so to keep your systems updated you are obligated to renew the contract (vendor-lockin with open source?);
          2 - RHT says to the world that they are the remedy against vendor lock-in, but there are so much hypocrisy on that... because they use the open source philosophy on marketing events, but they don't follow the essence of the philosophy:
          2.a - If you have 100 physical systems with RHEL installed you are obligated on contract to pay for every unit, unfortunately you can't have a mix of paid and non-paid RHEL systems on your Datacenter... but a company called Microsoft does the same, so why RHT is the remedy for vendor lock-in? At least if you don't want to renew a support with Microsoft you retain the right to update your Microsoft systems during the lifecycle of the specific version that you've bought....
          2.b - Suse and Oracle offer to customers the possibility to receive RHEL updates binary compatible compiled by them on RHEL systems and they offer enterprise support too without the need of reinstall the system... but if the customer is willing to move from RHT to Suse or Oracle during the renewal period, the RHT Sales Reps visits the customers saying that they can't simply move to Suse or Oracle subscriptions before the complete uninstall of the RHEL Systems.... wait... RHEL isn't licenced under GPL? So why RHT affirms in lot of customer that they need to remove the RHEL system before moving to Oracle or Suse?... So... is RHT really a remedy to avoid vendor lock-in? Think twice before the next renewal... Think twice if you are prospecting some Enterprise Linux for you Datacenter... Think twice before replying this post if you never read the documents below:

          So.. affirm that "there are no restrictions on copying RHEL" is simple not valid.

          Unfortunately some people doesn't understand the difference of freedom or free or the way that RHT really sells their stuffs.... but little by little the mindset will change on the market and the reality will trumps perception...
          A. D. Sousa