Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Enters Beta
Even though RHEL 7 is the latest version, the Linux vendor continues to add new features to RHEL6.x.Linux vendor Red Hat on May 5 released its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7 beta, providing users with a preview of features and capabilities that will become generally available later this year. RHEL 6 was first released in November 2010 and is no longer the leading edge of Red Hat's platform efforts. In June 2014, RHEL 7 debuted, providing new file system and Docker container support. Just because Red Hat is working on RHEL 7 doesn't mean it's leaving its RHEL 6 users behind. Red Hat has a 10-year life cycle process for its operating system platform, which includes multiple phases of support. "Currently, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is in Production Phase One of its 10-year supported life cycle, which means it still receives software enhancements and new features as evidenced by some of the new additions to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 beta," Steve Almy, product manager at Red Hat, told eWEEK. As an open-source platform vendor, Red Hat's technology is rooted in upstream open-source communities, such as the Linux kernel. Almy explained that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 (and their minor releases) are both derived from upstream communities, so both undergo the same thorough evaluation, integration, backporting and testing processes as part of the standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux release cycle.
Almy added that many of the new features that will be appearing in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will likely be added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. There's no backporting of features from one version to the other, but it's more a factor of the release cadences being separate, he said.