Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Beta Brings New Features
Although Red Hat already released RHEL 7, RHEL 6.x users can still benefit from new platform features.Red Hat came out today with a beta release of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 (RHEL 6.6) platform. The new beta follows Red Hat's June release of RHEL 7 and inherits a few of its features. "The feature list for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 ties closely to the feature list from the GA [general availability] of the major release (6.0) in November 2010," Steve Almy, product manager at Red Hat, told eWEEK. "While we may selectively introduce new features into a minor release like Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Beta, we take great care to not disrupt the feature set that was first released with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6." Red Hat offers a 10-year lifecycle for RHEL, which includes the promise of Application Binary Interface (ABI) compatibility. As such, Red Hat will not change major elements of an in-production release in a way that could impact stability or existing compatibility. That doesn't mean, however, that Red Hat can't and doesn't actually provide some new features to existing RHEL 6.x users. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Beta does include some features that were first introduced with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 in June, the most prominent being Performance Co-Pilot (PCP)," Almy said.
Almy explained that PCP is a suite of tools, services and libraries for acquiring, storing and analyzing system-level performance measurements. PCP is intended to be a lightweight, distributed architecture that makes it well-suited to centralized analysis of complex systems.