After six months in beta, RHEL has reached general availability. Subscribers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux can now check out version 7 after its release yesterday. The announcement was made in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Blog, the developer blog, and with an official press release.
Key Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 features to address next-generation IT needs include:
- Enhanced application development, delivery, portability and isolation through Linux Containers, including Docker, across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments as well as development, test and production environments.
- Significant file system improvements, including XFS as the default file system, scaling to 500 TB.
- Cross-realm trust to easily enable secure access for Microsoft Active Directory users across Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux domains, providing the flexibility for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to co-exist within heterogeneous datacenters.
- Powerful and secure application runtimes and development, delivery and troubleshooting tools, integrated into the platform and container-ready.
If you were planning on getting a certification, you might redirect your efforts to RHEL 7. The RHEL6 exam, according to sources, should still be available until December 2014. If you want the release compiled without the trademarked material, wait for CentOS 7.