Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions,today announced the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9. This release marks the beginningof Production Phase 2 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and demonstrates the company's continuing effort to promote stability and thepreservation of customers' investments in the platform. It maintains Red Hat's commitment to a 10-year lifecycle through theintroduction of several new features, including hardware enablement, security, standards and certifications, developer tools,virtualization, and more.
As with all minor releases, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 maintains backwards compatibility with hardware and software platformsacross the lifecycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Therefore, the hardware and software compatibility included within previousreleases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 continues with this minor release. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 also showcases numerousimprovements, including:
Support for Industry-Leading Hardware Vendors through Enhanced Hardware Enablement. Red Hat Enterprise Linux5.9 showcases the strong relationships Red Hat has with leading hardware vendors by including support for some of the latestCPU, chipset and device driver enhancements.
Continued Commitment to Security, Standards and Certifications. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has always been built withsecurity in mind – a commitment that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 helps solidify. This update features tighter securitycontrols, the ability to verify and check the robustness of new passwords and support for the latest government passwordpolicy requirements. It also adds support for using Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) mode with dmraid rootdevices. FIPS mode now supports RAID device discovery, RAID set activation, and the creation, removal, rebuilding anddisplaying of properties.
New Developer Tools. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes several new developer-friendly features and tools, including theability to develop and test with the latest version of open source Java available through OpenJDK 7. Many new SystemTapimprovements have been added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, including compile-server and client support for IPv6networks, smaller SystemTap files, faster compiles, and compile server support for multiple concurrent connections.
Enhanced Application Support. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes a new rsyslog5 package, which upgrades rsyslog tomajor version 5 and is faster and more reliable than existing rsyslog packages available in previous RHEL releases. Sambahas also been updated to version 3.6 with several new features, including SMB2 support, a reworked print server and securitydefault improvements for all versions.
New Virtualization Capabilities and Flexibility in Multi-vendor Environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 enhances theoperating system's usability in multi-vendor environments by introducing Microsoft Hyper-V drivers for improved performance.This enhances the usability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for guests in heterogenous, multi-vendor virtualized environmentsand provides improved flexibility and interoperability for enterprises.
Better Subscription Management. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 uses Red Hat Subscription Management as the default,allowing customers to effectively and more easily manage their Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions locally or with toolssuch as Subscription Asset Manager which was enhanced to easily run reports on subscription distribution and utilization andan improved user interface. For more detail on how Red Hat customers can manage their subscriptions, please visit theSubscription Management section of the Red Hat Customer Portal .
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“Our goal with each version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is always to provide a highly flexible and extendable platform that continues togrow with the evolving needs of our customers, while allowing them to migrate to the next major release in their own timeframe,” saidJim Totton, vice president and general manager, Red Hat's Platform Business Unit. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 is the perfectexample of our commitment to providing customers with an extensive product lifecycle, one that strives to provide continued,unwavering support for today's technologies and business needs.”