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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Debuts with Atomic Host and Real Time Editions

  • March 9, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 was first released in June of 2014, providing a major a update to Red Hat's flagship platform. Last week RHEL 7.1 was released, delivering the first incremental update to the RHEL 7 platform.

With RHEL 7.1 Red Hat updated the general purpose version of RHEL as well as introducing two new editions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Real Time and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host.

RHEL 7.1 first entered betain December of 2014. Among the key innovations that are part of the main RHEL 7.1 release is a a new security certificate authority (CA) technology that is a feature of the included Dogtag certificate system.

RHEL 7.1 also has provides administrators with a two-factor authentication system that benefits from the FreeOTP project.

"Since beta, the focus for the team has been to incorporate feedback from testing," Siddharth Nagar, principal technical product manager, Red Hat, told Linux Planet. "We have received rich feedback from our customers, hardware and software vendors, resulting in a high quality product worthy of general availability."

Nagar added that there is no appreciable difference in functionality between the Beta and GA versions for the product, although the GA version has been hardened with bug fixes and integration testing.

From a new version perspective, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real-Time is, as the name says, our Red Hat's new real-time computing offering. Red Hat had been shipping a real-time kernel version of RHEL as part of its MRG product since 2007.

"The difference between this and the old MRG-R offering is that the kernel is based on and will be updated alongside the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 kernel," Nagar siad. " This means that there will be full application portability between Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Real-Time."

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

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