Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 released with Cloud Improvements, Kernel Livepatching

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, the final Full Support Phase release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 platform.

The Linux world welcomes the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 that comes packed with a variety of new features and improvements. The new version has enhancements related to production stability, containerized application development, and hybrid cloud deployments.

Before we delve into the details of this release, let’s see what this operating system is all about. As you could tell from its name, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS mainly focuses on enterprises, with it being the most popular enterprise Linux platform. What separates it from other operating systems is the fact that it offers all the tools necessary for scaling your apps and releasing emerging technologies.

This release focuses on cloud-native flexibility and operational security and is the last installment to version 7 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Accordingly, users are to see some new tools and enhancements, such as Kernel Livepatching, Red Hat Insights, and Full Support for image builder.

What’s New

In this section, we’ll get to learn more about what the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux has to offer. Updating to the latest version should give you the following new features:

Kernel Livepatching

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 allows users to live-patch the OS. With the help of this feature, IT personnel won’t have to restart their system for applying Kernel changes to CVEs (Critical or Important Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). Henceforth, the operating system becomes more secure as it saves enterprises from system outages and downtime.

Added Support for Red Hat Tools

With this update, the operating system will be able to make use of skopeo, podman and buildah, which are a part of Red Hat’s distributed container toolkit.

Because of this move, development teams are given a smaller, more manageable tool footprint for building, managing and running containerized apps across the cloud.

Image Builder

The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux fully supports image builder, which is a tool that helps with building cloud images for Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and other leading public cloud infrastructures.

Red Hat Insights

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 introduces Red Hat’s expertise-as-a-service facility, known as Red Hat Insights. IT professionals will be able to better handle downtimes and other issues by detecting, analyzing, and remediating various possible software security and configuration problems with the help of this feature.

Improved Network Performance

After updating, users will see a performance boost in Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift. The reason for this is that network controller hardware is now responsible for network functions virtualization (NFV) and virtual switching.

It should also be mentioned that existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux can get Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Conclusion

For enterprises looking for better cloud performance, Kernel Livepatching and fewer downtimes, it would be optimal to update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7. Also, this minor update will be followed by a major one in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. So once you update, you can take advantage of the new features and don’t have to worry about updating again for some time. For more info about this release, make sure to check out the official release notes.

Zohaib Ahsan
Hi! I'm Zohaib Ahsan, contributor to FOSS Linux. I'm studying computer science, I’ve learned a thing or two about operating systems that are based on Linux. This has made me join FOSS Linux where I can share what I have learned with the rest of the world. Not to mention — some major tea is going to be spilled as well — as I share with you the latest developments in the world of Linux.

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