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Red Hat Announces General Availability Of Software Collections 2.1

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Software Collections 2.1.

Red Hat's flagship product is its Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a stable enterprise operating system that moves along at the corporate enterprise pace, which basically amounts to "slow and steady wins the race." That makes sense for your mission critical software, but when you need – or want – to use the latest and greatest advancements, it can be limiting. Enter Red Hat Software Collections.

The latest version is Red Hat Software Collections 2.1. Like all Software Collections releases, these are the latest stable versions of open source web development tools, languages and databases. Many of them will find their way into the main Enterprise Linux someday, but they are ready to use, without clashing with the main system files, today.

"The latest version of Red Hat Software Collections shows Red Hat's continued commitment to delivering the latest tools to our development community without sacrificing the stability or reliability of the resulting applications," said Jim Totton, Vice President and General Manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat.

Key new and updated collections in Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 include Varnish Cache 4.0.3, a caching HTTP reverse proxy; nginx 1.8, an updated version of an HTTP server and reverse proxy server; node.js, an update of the popular runtime environment; and Maven 3.0. In addition, many popular Collections are now available as Docker-formatted container images, or as Dockerfiles for those developing in that environment.

In conjunction with the new Software Collections is the new Red Hat Developer Toolset 4. The toolset offers the latest stable version of C and C++ compilers, and other development tools. The primary use of the tools is to compile applications for deployment across multiple versions of Red Hat Linux.

New Developer Toolset 4 features include GNU Project Debugger version 7.10, the GNU Compiler Collection version 5.2, and Eclipse Mars 4.5, as well as various performance tools and utilities.

Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 are available now on the Red Hat website. The Red Hat Developer Toolset 4 is available through the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Program, or other related subscriptions.