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Linux Top 3: Oracle Linux 7.2, Sabayon 15.12 and KaOS 2015.11

  • November 30, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Oracle Linux 7.2

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.2 was officially released on November 19 and barely a week later, Oracle Linux 7.2 is now available too. Oracle Linux is based on RHEL and tends to track releases more closely than other RHEL clones. Officially Oracle calls its release Oracle Linux 7 Update 2 and makes it available with the upstream RHEL kernel as well as the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) release 3.

Notable features in this release include:

  • The, makedumpfile can now use sadump format for kernel dumps of more than 16 TB of physical memory
  • During non-graphical installations, kdump can now be configured at the time of install
  • MySQL 5.6 Community Edition can now be installed directly with the Anaconda installer or kickstart
  • OpenSCAP has been upgraded to version 1.2.5
  • Administrators may now configure kdump during non-graphical installations

2) Sabayon 15.12

Unlike RHEL or Oracle Linux, Sabayon is rolling release model based Linux distribution. The latest 15.12 release includes milestone package updates and some previews of new technology to come including full ARM support.

We successfully built RaspberryPi2 images and as you are reading we are growing the ARM (hfp) repository and setting up the infrastructure to make automated releases. Actually, we rented an ARM server for that purpose since we are going to fully support the ARM hfp architecture in that way you can use Sabayon on your favorite boards!

3) KaOS 2015.11

KaOS like Sabayon is now also a rolling distribution and is out with its' monthly update too.

The policy is, once a first pacman -Syu becomes a major update, it is time for a new ISO so new users are not faced with a difficult first update. With new builds effecting over half of the KaOS repositories (currently at about 2100), that new ISO is more than due.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor of LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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