Red Hat launched the latest update for it enterprise Linux platform this week to go along with a new version of its server management solution.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 (RHEL 5.10) debuts following several months of beta testing, and as with previous 5.x updates, the 5.10 release focuses on "qualified critical and important security errata advisories, and urgent priority bug-fix errata advisories" rather than on adding new features, according to Ron Pacheco, senior manager, platform product management at Red Hat.
New software functionality is instead reserved for the 6.x product line, which first debuted in 2010. Organizations looking to move to a new Linux kernel or newer packages are encouraged to move to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, but for those with stability at the top of their priority list, RHEL 5 remains the recommended server OS from Red Hat.
Red Hat did elect to update the MySQL database in RHEL 5.10, going from MySQL 5.0x to MySQL 5.5, which was the most stable version available during the development window for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10.
In addition to announcing the RHEL 5.10 release, Red Hat also updated its Satellite systems management solution with a new release. The Red Hat Satellite 5.6 solution works with all currently supported versions of RHEL, including the 5.x and 6.x branches.