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Red Hat builds gutsy, green virtualization machine

Jan 25, 2011, 07:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson, Brendan Allen)

"Three years in the making, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 is a gutsy, green upgrade that features native support for KVM, the Linux kernel-based virtual machine.

"RHEL6 isn't revolutionary. But it does a nice job of advancing ideas that first appeared in other releases. For example, Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux), a security-focused subset of Linux, offers partitioning of resources so that user processes can't hijack kernel root-privileged processes.

"RHEL6 takes SELinux and adds sandboxing policies that allow sysadmins or processes to further isolate sessions or applications. Policy controls also allow admins to confine session or resource access as well.

"We were heartened by these extensions, as they're needed tools to isolate both users and processes from destabilizing busy servers."

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