Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta, which focuses primarily on delivering updated stable and supported developer tools, new RHEL System Roles for logging and environmental metrics and several new security profiles to improve IT security and compliance stances.
To provide access to many of the latest, stable open source tools and utilities, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta features new and updated Application Streams. These include Git 2.26, NGINX 1.18, Node.js v14, Perl 5.30, PHP 7.4 and Ruby 2.7.
New System Roles in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta include System Role for System Logging, System Role for Role for Metrics and more.
Each of these roles are said to provide easily repeatable configurations, independent of the supported version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployed. This helps in reducing the burden of maintaining and provisioning large-scale Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments and providing additional levels of confidence that systems are properly configured and secured.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta adds profiles for the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Available as SCAP profiles within Red Hat Enterprise Linux, these security profiles are said to deliver additional security configurations for IT administrators to help meet stringent compliance requirements in both the commercial and healthcare verticals.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta also adds a System Role for Network-Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE) to help add consistency and repeatability for configuring disk encryption as well as logging.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta is now accessible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers via the Red Hat customer portal.