Linux vendor Red Hat is updating its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL) platform with a new beta release.
RHEL 5.10 provides users with a variety of updated capabilities, including a new version of MySQL, improved management tools and enhanced security.
RHEL 5 first debuted in 2007. It's is now in what Red Hat refers to as Production Phase 2 of its lifecycle.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 entered the Production Phase 2 when we released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 on Jan. 8, 2013," Brian Gollaher, principal product manager for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, told ServerWatch. "The goal for any release in Production Phase 2 or 3 is to focus in keeping customer's production environments as stable as possible."
As part of the Production Phase 2 lifecycle, Red Hat will continue to provide some very key updates in RHEL 5.10. Among them is an updated version of OpenSCAP. OpenSCAP is an open source implementation of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) framework for creating a standardized approach for maintaining secure systems. It first appeared in the RHEL 5.7 update back in 2011.
Gollaher noted that RHEL 5.9 includes OpenSCAP 0.8, while Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 includes OpenSCAP 0.9.8.
"The difference is primarily tools and libraries to support the SCAP 1.2 standard," Gollaher said. "Systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 will also be able to update to 0.9.8 through the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Z stream."
Red Hat is now also providing a new support service for RHEL 5 called Red Hat Access. Gollaher explained that Red Hat Access consists of a diagnostic tool packaged in RHEL that ties to diagnostic reporting and related information presented via the Red Hat Customer Portal.
"The new Red Hat support tools included with Red Hat Access make it much easier to access knowledge bases, help resources and diagnostic features from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 console," Gollaher said. "We continue to improve the manageability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 systems. It will be available to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 customers with the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux."
Red Hat has also updated the open source MySQL database that is part of RHEL 5.10. The MySQL 5.5 update will now be available to RHEL users, though it's not the latest open source release of MySQL. MySQL 5.5 was first released back in December of 2010. Oracle updated its open source database with the MySQL 5.6 release in February of this year.
Ron Pacheco, senior manager, product marketing for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, explained to ServerWatch that there is a very good set of reasons why MySQL 5.6 is not in RHEL 5.10.
"From a product quality perspective, soak time in the open source community, including Fedora, is paramount to debugging packages and technologies before they are introduced into mission-critical production environments of Red Hat's customers," Pacheco said. "While MySQL 5.6 has been released for a bit, it has not been packaged for Fedora as of yet. Oracle chose to package 5.5.32, not 5.6, in Fedora 19."
RHEL 5.10 is currently in beta. Pacheco said that if all goes well, the plan is to have the general availability release in the fourth quarter of this year.