​Red Hat adds up-to-date languages to RHEL

Are your Red Hat Enterprise Linux programmers chomping at the bit for the latest and greatest development tools? Then, Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 4 are just what they want.

We like to talk about DevOps, developers and system operators working together in perfect harmony. And I'm sure it works that way in some companies. Somewhere.


Far more common is that developers want the shiniest new languages and programming environments, while system administrators want to keep the servers nice, steady, and stable. Red Hat has answers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) shops that will keep both sides happy: the Red Hat Sofware Collections and Red Hat Developer Toolset.

In Red Hat Software Collections 2.1, you'll find Red Hat's newest, stable open-source web development tools, dynamic languages and databases. 2.1 features several new and updated collections. These include:

  • Varnish Cache 4.0.3, a caching HTTP reverse proxy that helps speed up web applications
  • nginx 1.8, an updated version of the popular HTTP and reverse proxy server
  • node.js 0.10.40, an updated version of the server-side JavaScript web application runtime environment.
  • Updated Apache Maven 3.0 collection with additional packages. Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. It's based on the concept of a project object model (POM).

One component of the Red Hat Software Collections for old school Linux developers is Red Hat Developer Toolset 4. This provides the latest stable open source C and C++ compilers and complementary tools. It includes Eclipse Mars 4.5 and July 2015's GNU Compiler Collection 5.2 release.

Combined, these two solutions provide a robust set of tools to build next-generation applications. Additionally, following up on Red Hat's growng commitment to containers, many of the Red Hat Software Collections will be available as Dockerfiles and docker-formatted container images. Red Hat subscribers can access these through the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Red Hat promises that:

Applications built with Red Hat Software Collections can be deployed into production with greater confidence, as most software collections and components are supported for three years. In addition to RHEL 6 and 7, applications built with Red Hat Software Collections can also be deployed to RHEL Atomic Host and OpenShift, Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, giving more choice and flexibility for application portfolios.

Jim Totton, Red Hat's vice president and general manager of the Platforms Business Unit, said in a statement:

The latest version of Red Hat Software Collections shows Red Hat's continued commitment to delivering the latest tools to our development community without sacrificing the stability or reliability of the resulting applications. Additionally, by making many of these collections available as Dockerfiles and docker-formatted container images, we are helping to drive the adoption of next-generation applications within the enterprise, all built on the foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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