It has been almost eight years since the first release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Since then, the product has established itself as one of the leading enterprise-calibre, open source operating systems. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 boasts performance enhancements and new security features to expand virtualisation capabilities.
Back in April, Red Hat began talking about the development road toward the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 when it delivered the first beta of the platform, with noteworthy improvements spanning performance enhancements to new security features to expanded virtualization capabilities.
With the introduction of the first beta, the open-source company began working with its customers, partners and the community to test and further develop the release into an ambitious and robust operating platform. Since then, it has continued the momentum of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 development with the delivery of a second beta in June with additional updates and technologies.
Red Hat also recently announced an agreement to certify Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 under Common Criteria at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ in August.
Today, it takes a large step forward toward Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with the delivery of the Release Candidate for the product, marking the company’s entrance into the final stages of product delivery for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The Release Candidate is available to a small set of strategic testing partners, including OEM partners, and Red Hat’s independent software vendor (ISV) partners. Red Hat said it encourages all of its ISV partners to enable its joint customers to “experience the significant enhancements in performance, reliability and security offered in this version of what is intended to become its new flagship platform” by accelerating testing and final certification of ISV offerings on the Release Candidate.
Red Hat expects no further changes to the ABI or API that might otherwise affect application compatibility as it finalises Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and makes it generally available later this year.