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RHEL 7.7 Beta available


Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 beta. It’s the last update in the Full Support Phase of RHEL 7 branch.

Key updates include support for the latest generation of enterprise hardware as well as remediation for the recently-disclosed Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS)/ZombieLoad vulnerabilities.

RHEL 7 was released back in 2014 and full support is offered for 5 years, which includes all new features and software functionality.

After that, it moves into the maintenance phase where users continue to get critical and Important Security errata advisories. Users running RHEL 7 won’t receive new software functionality. A maintenance release is supported for another 5 years and after that, there are two years of extended support. In a nutshell, RHEL users get up to 12 years of support.

There is already RHEL 8 which is optimized for cloud-native workloads. Red Hat offers a very smooth upgrade path from one major release to the next. However, most users run a very complex workload and stay on existing release till the end of life.

Swapnil Bhartiya
I have more than 12 years of experience covering Enterprise Open Source, Cloud, Containers, IoT, Machine Learning and general tech. My stories cover a very broad spectrum - traditional Linux, data center and Free Software to contemporary emerging technologies like 'serverless'. Widely Read: My stories have appeared in a multitude of leading publications including CIO, InfoWorld, Network World, The New Stack, Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN Magazine, HPE Insights, Raspberry Pi Geek Magazine, SweetCode, Linux For You, Electronics For You and more.
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