Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Red Hat yesterday released version 7 of its Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Linux-based Operating System. Version 7 is the follow up of version 6.5. which was released in November last year.

The release notes for RHEL 7 can be found here, some of the changes are described below:

  • Support for containerized applications built in the Docker format
  • Direct or indirect integration into Microsoft Active Directory, described in this article
  • XFS as the default file system for the boot, root and user data partitions
    • For XFS, the maximum file system size limit increases from 100TB to 500TB
    • For ext4 it increases from 16TB to 50TB
  • New and improved installation experience
  • Ability to manage Linux servers using OpenLMI
  • NFS and GFS2 enhancements
  • KVM Virtualization technology support
  • The ability to run RHEL 7 as a guest OS
  • NetworkManager improvements, allowing most network related tasks to be performed
    • New command-line network management utility (NM-CLI)
  • Support for 40 Gb Ethernet link speeds
  • Support for wireless WiGig (IEEE 802.11ad) (up to 7 Gbps)
  • Team Driver, a mechanism to virtually combine multiple network devices (ports) into a single logical interface at the data link layer (Layer 2)
  • FirewallD, a new dynamic firewall service providing greater flexibility over iptables including support for different network trust zones