New Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 release boosts security, management, monitoring to enterprise Linux platform

Red Hat announced Tuesday general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8, the latest version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform with new capabilities that provide a stable and trusted platform for critical IT infrastructure. With nearly six years of field-proven success, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has set the stage for the latest innovations, as Red Hat Enterprise Linux continues to power existing workloads, as well as technologies of the future, from cloud-native applications to Linux containers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 provides increased visibility into storage usage and performance through dmstats, a program that displays and manages I/O statistics for user-defined regions of devices using the device-mapper driver.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 supports installation of multiple languages and changing of languages based on user requirements. It currently supports East Asian languages such as Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese; European languages such as English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese Brazilian and Russian; and Indic languages including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu.

To enhance security for virtual private networks (VPNs), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 includes libreswan, an implementation of one of the most widely supported and standardized VPN protocols, which replaces openswan as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 VPN endpoint solution, giving Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 customers access to recent advances in VPN security.

Customers running the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 can see increased client-side performance and simpler management through the addition of new capabilities to the Identity Management client code, the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) service.

Cached authentication lookup on the client reduces the unnecessary exchange of user credentials with Active Directory servers. Support for adclisimplifies the management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 systems interoperating with an Active Directory domain. In addition, SSSD supports user authentication using smart cards, for both system login and related functions such as sudo.

The inclusion of Relax-and-Recover, a system archiving tool, provides a streamlined system administration experience, enabling systems administrators to create local backups in an ISO format that can be centrally archived and replicated remotely for simplified disaster recovery operations. An enhanced yum tool simplifies the addition of packages, adding intelligence to the process of locating required packages to add/enable new platform features.

Red Hat Software Collections is a Red Hat content set that provides a set of dynamic programming languages, database servers, and related packages that can be installed and used on all supported releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 on AMD64 and Intel 64 architectures. Certain components are available also for all supported releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and on AMD64 and Intel 64 architectures.

Dynamic languages, database servers, and other tools distributed with Red Hat Software Collections do not replace the default system tools provided with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, nor are they used in preference to these tools. Red Hat Software Collections uses an alternative packaging mechanism based on the scl utility to provide a parallel set of packages. This set allows for optional use of alternative package versions on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. By using the scl utility, users can pick and choose which package version they want to run at any time.

Red Hat Developer Toolset is now a part of Red Hat Software Collections. It is included as a separate Software Collection. Red Hat Developer Toolset is designed for developers working on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. It provides current versions of the GNU Compiler Collection, GNU Debugger, Eclipse development platform, and other development, debugging, and performance monitoring tools.

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