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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Nov 16, 2010, 15:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"In the new version 6 of its flagship product, Red Hat has incorporated many technological developments of the past few years. Compared to its predecessor, this release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux therefore contains a large number of changes.

"Enterprise distributions of Linux have different requirements than community distributions: not frequent releases, but long-term support and stable, mature technologies are what's needed. While Fedora, Ubuntu and similar distributions release new versions every six months to bring technological advancements to the desktops of Linux fans, Red Hat has allowed three-and-a-half years for the development of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. The new version is a major leap forward for Red Hat's main product and offers numerous advancements.

"Virtualisation

"In terms of virtualisation, Red Hat now relies exclusively on KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) as its hypervisor. With this decision, the company has moved one step closer to its long-term goal of saying good-bye to Xen, which was the preferred virtualisation component when RHEL 5 was introduced in March 2007. In 2009, KVM was added as a second hypervisor to RHEL 5.4 after Red Hat took over Qumranet, the company behind KVM. However, Red Hat will continue to support Xen within series 5, which will be maintained at least until 2014."

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