Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 to be Available

New version of popular Linux discributive brings a lot of updates and innovations
07 August 2019   300

Red Hat has released the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 distribution. The installed RHEL 7.7 images are available for download only for registered users of the Red Hat Client Portal and are prepared for the x86_64, IBM POWER7 +, POWER8 architecture (with direct byte order and direct byte order) and IBM System z. Source text packages can be downloaded from the CentOS project's Git repository.

With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, we show our continued commitment to the 10-year Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle while also introducing key new features, like image builder and Red Hat Insights, to help IT organizations get the most from their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 investments.

Stefanie –°hirasvice

President and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat

The RHEL 7.x branch is followed by the RHEL 8.x branch and will be supported until June 2024. The release of RHEL 7.7 is the latest in the main full support phase, which includes functional improvements. RHEL 7.8 Transition to the maintenance stage, bug fixes and security related to the support of important hardware systems.

New version has a lot of updates and changes. Among the:

  • Provided full support for the use of the mechanism of Live-patches (kpatch) to eliminate vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel without restarting the system and without stopping work. Previously, kpatch was an experimental feature;
  • Added python3 packages with Python 3.6 interpreter. Previously, Python 3 was only shipped with Red Hat Software Collections. By default, Python 2.7 is still offered (the transition to Python 3 was done in RHEL 8);
  • Screen presets (/etc/xdg/monitors.xml) have been added to the Mutter window manager for all users in the system (you no longer need to separately configure screen settings for each user;

Learn about them on the official website.

Slackel 7.2 to be Rolled Out

A main feature of Slackel is the use of the constantly updated Slackware-Current branch and graphic environment is based on Openbox window manager
23 July 2019   227

A release of the Slackel 7.2 distribution kit, built on the designs of Slackware and Salix projects, and fully compatible with the repositories offered therein is presented. A key feature of Slackel is the use of the constantly updated Slackware-Current branch. The graphical environment is based on the Openbox window manager. The size of the boot image that can work in Live mode is 1.5 GB (32 and 64 bits). The distribution can be used on systems with 512 MB of RAM.

Major innovations:

  • Added instonusb graphical user interface for installing Slackel and Salix Live images on a USB drive, including the ability to create an encrypted file with a state that has been modified during the process;
  • A graphical multibootusb utility has been added to create Live USB editions of Slackel and Salix, allowing you to choose from several available live images during the download phase;
  • Introduced the Slackel Live Installer (sli) installer, which represents an interface for installing the distribution in graphical mode and setting basic settings such as language, keyboard layout, time zone, and NTP server for time synchronization.
  • Added the ability to save modified and added during the session data in an encrypted file or to encrypt the / home partition. Encryption modes are enabled through the transfer of options changes = persistent and home = persistent
  • Added new parameter 'medialabel = "USB_LABEL_NAME"', which allows you to specify the label of the boot image when booting multiple OS from Live USB;
  • In the Live-environment added full support for multimedia without installing separate codecs.