Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 ReleasedRedhat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.9, a minor release of the platform that rings in the beginning of the second half of the 10-year lifecycle, as well as the start of Production Phase 2 of version 5.
RHEL 5 was originally released in March of 2007.
RHEL 6 is currently in version 6.3, which was released in June of 2012. RHEL 7 is expected to be introduced in the second half of this year.
RHEL 5.9 includes Microsoft's Hyper-V drivers, OpenJDK7 as well as Samba 3.6. Redhat said that the update also comes with support for "some of the latest CPU, chipset and device driver enhancements", integrates tighter security controls, an ability to verify and check the robustness of new passwords, support for using Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS, including RAID device discovery) mode with dmraid root devices.
RHEL 5.9 can be downloaded from Redhat's Web site.
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