Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux 5.9

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 09, 2013

Enterprise Linux version 5.9

Red Hat announced an update of its Enterprise Linux 5, that keep pace with hardware, security, developer, interoperability and virtualization improvements. The new version, that is, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, demonstrates the company’s commitment to a 10-year support lifespan through introduction of new and advanced features, according to the company statement.

According to Jim Totton, Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat’s Platform Business Unit, the new version 5.9 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux will provide a highly flexible and extendable platform, like its predecessors that will allow enterprises to migrate to the next major release in their own time frame. The Enterprise Linux 5.9 comes with a host of unique features.

Support for industry-leading hardware vendors through enhanced hardware enablement: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 showcases the strong relationships Red Hat has with leading hardware vendors by including support for some of the latest CPU, chipset and device driver enhancements.

Continued commitment to security, standards and certifications: Red Hat Enterprise Linux has always been built with security in mind – a commitment that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 helps solidify. This update features tighter security controls, the ability to verify and check the robustness of new passwords and support for the latest government password policy requirements. It also adds support for using Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) mode with dmraid root devices. FIPS mode now supports RAID device discovery, RAID set activation, and the creation, removal, rebuilding and displaying of properties.

New developer tools: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes several new developer-friendly features and tools, including the ability to develop and test with the latest version of open source Java available through OpenJDK 7. Many new SystemTap improvements have been added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9, including compile-server and client support for IPv6 networks, 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 to major version 5 and is faster and more reliable than existing rsyslog packages available in previous RHEL releases. Samba has also been updated to version 3.6 with several new features, including SMB2 support, a reworked print server and security default improvements for all versions.

New virtualization capabilities and flexibility in multi-vendor environments: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 enhances the operating 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 heterogeneous, multi-vendor virtualized environments and 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 tools such as Subscription Asset Manager which was enhanced to easily run reports on subscription distribution and utilization and an improved user interface.

The last upgrade in the Enterprise Linux 5 family, version 5.8, was shipped in February 2012.