Red alert for Linux programmers: Red Hat Software Collections 1.1 released

Red Hat has released its latest collection of up-to-date programming languages and database management systems for Red Hat Enterprise Linux developers.
Written by Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Senior Contributing Editor

Red Hat, the world's most popular business Linux provider, has announced the general availability of Red Hat Software Collections 1.1. This brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) programmers a comprehensive suite of powerful Web development tools, dynamic languages, and open source databases.


Red Hat Software Collections 1.1 includes the latest stable versions of popular languages and platforms, including:

  • Ruby 1.9.3 with Rails 3.2.8
  • Python 2.7 and 3.3
  • PHP 5.4 and 5.5
  • Perl 5.16.3
  • Node.js 0.10 as a Technology Preview
  • Ruby 2.0 and Rails 4.0, featured as individual collections, enabling developers to install an updated version of Ruby without necessarily having to install Rails.

It also comes with the latest stable versions of open source databases, including:

  • MySQL 5.5 and PostgreSQL 9.2, popular open source databases for web applications
  • MariaDB 5.5, an easy-to-adopt alternative to MySQL
  • MongoDB 2.4, a high performance document database that provides high availability and easy scalability.

This software collection also includes two open source web server options, with full support for Apache HTTP Server 2.4 and a Technology Preview of Nginx 1.4.4. Finally, it comes with Thermostat 1.0, a useful tool for monitoring JVM instances on multiple hosts.

Red Hat Software Collections is delivered on a separate life cycle from RHEL with a more frequent release cadence. It's designed to bridge the gap in organizations where IT wants the most stable software components and its programmers want the latest and greatest software tools.

These programming languages, DBMSs, and web tools are the latest stable open source runtime components that have been tested and verified by Red Hat on RHEL. At the same time, enterprises can deploy applications built with it with confidence since each release is backed by Red Hat’s support for three years. This way both operations and developers are happy.

As Jim Totton, Red Hat's VP of the Platform Business Unit, said in a statement,

Red Hat Software Collections is more than just access to the latest and greatest open source languages and databases — it helps to effectively link development and operations teams. By bridging developer agility and production stability, organizations leveraging Red Hat Software Collections can gain increased application nimbleness and achieve faster development and deployment cycles without risking mission-critical systems and applications on untried, untested and unsupported technologies.

Organizations wanting to make the most of Red Hat's OpenStack-based hybrid cloud can also use this software collection since applications built using it can be deployed across multiple versions of RHEL and OpenShift, Red Hat's Plaform-as-a-Service (PaaS cloud), providing flexibility across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Customers with active RHEL 6 subscriptions can find it at this Red Hat Software Collections channel link.

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