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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 Released in Beta

Red Hat's recently released beta version of the seventh update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 aims to further fuel the trend for deeper use of open source technologies at the enterprise level.

Boasting of enhancements in the areas of enterprise management, virtualization performance, and data center flexibility, Red Hat is pledging its allegiance to community-developed software, insisting that all new capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux were developed in the open source arena and on the latest upstream kernels.

"With both Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in the Production Phase 1 of their lifecycle, the (new) features are first supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and then selectively back-ported to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5," says the company.

Red Hat is also now offering security profile auditing and what it terms "extra flexibility in enterprise directory integration", in addition to the following developer-focused features:

  • CMake — a cross-platform build tool that supports applications requiring a common build environment between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows using native tools;
  • Buildsys-macros give ISVs more flexibility for queries or use tags when building Red Hat Enterprise Linux application packages;
  • Updated rsync package for better performing data replication;
  • JavaScript support in OpenJDK.

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