Red Hat Enterprise Linux is undoubtedly an important player in the open source enterprise ecosystem.
If you didn’t know, IBM acquired it for $34 billion in 2019, so it’s safe to say that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 was the last major release before the acquisition.
There have been several updates to RHEL 8 over the years.
Finally, Red Hat announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 as a next-generation upgrade to boost the company’s IT infrastructure.
Here let me highlight the major additions to the release.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9: What’s new?
Note that the platform will generally be available in the coming weeks. But, now that it’s officially announced, it shouldn’t take long.
If you are a Linux desktop user and not concerned about cloud innovation, you will find a lot of technical jargon. You will need to refer to the official Red Hat documentation to learn more about them.
If you are already using CentOS Stream, you might have an idea for RHEL 9 upgrade.
Yes, RHEL 9 is the first production release built from CentOS Stream.
According to the press release, the new release focuses on two different features:
- Complete edge management, delivered as a service, to monitor and scale deployments remotely with increased control and security functionality, encompassing zero-touch provisioning, system health visibility, and vulnerability mitigations responsive, all from a single interface.
- Automatically restore containers with Podman, Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s built-in container management technology, which can automatically detect if a recently updated container fails to start, then restore the container to the previous working version.
Other highlights include:
- A new image creation service.
- Integration with AWS Graviton processors.
- Improvements to address hardware-level security vulnerabilities such as Specter and Meltdown.
- Presentation of a new integrity measurement architecture.
- WireGuard VPN technology is available as an unsupported technology preview.
- Improved automation.
- Python 3.9
- Node.js 16
- Linux kernel 5.14
You can refer to the RHEL 9 Beta Release Notes to learn more about the release.
Although the release does not feature the latest and greatest technologies, the updated features and capabilities should help provide improved support for new computing requirements.
The latest version should be available in the coming weeks via the Red Hat Customer Portal and cloud provider marketplaces. You can check Linux platform prices on the official website if you are new.
Of course, you can also access it for free for some systems to test through the Red Hat Developer Programs.