On Tuesday, Red Hat launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10, the latest minor update to the platform. This release reportedly places an emphasis on providing greater stability for critical applications, and providing enhanced features for reliability and security, including an updated version of OpenSCAP, the open source implementation of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) configuration framework. The overall update is part of Red Hat's commitment to a 10-year life-cycle for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
In addition to OpenSCAP, the updated Enterprise Linux 5.10 now includes the most recent, stable version of MySQL (5.5) that features a number of improvements in terms of speed, scalability, and ease of use. The company has also included MySQL 5.1, which is required in order to upgrade to the latest v5.5 release.
Enterprise Linux 5.10 also now provides enhanced subscription management tools that circumvent the need to use the Red Hat Customer Portal. Customers can now better match and manage subscription usage across a large inventory of unique systems.
Red Hat Access has also been added to the Red Hat Support Tool, an integrated, seamless way to get answers with exclusive Red Hat Knowledge. Users can also take advantage of Red Hat's automated diagnostic services for problem determination, and engage with Red Hat directly from a system terminal.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 customers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer subscriptions can now gain access to Red Hat Developer Toolset 2.0. This toolset offers users a selection of popular, open source developer tools and has a more frequent release schedule separate from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle.
"The release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 continues Red Hat’s commitment to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform's 10-year lifecycle, with new capabilities to provide platform viability for years to come," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat. "With an emphasis on security and stability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 includes new tools, like Red Hat Access and OpenSCAP, to help systems administrators enable platform reliability and enhanced security for even the most mission-critical applications."
Red Hat also revealed on Tuesday a new family of subscription options for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, enabling customers to deploy the platform anywhere -- in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. These options include Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (Physical or Virtual Node), which can be counted as virtual instances or socket pairs. Another option is Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Virtual Datacenters, which is meant for a completely virtualized environment on supported hypervisors, and is deployed on systems that are sized by the socket pair.
"With the new subscription options for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat customers can now buy a number of subscriptions, deploy an initial mix on physical and on virtual machines, and then re-deploy in different patterns as requirements evolve," the company states.
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