CORPORATE LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.1 with numerous security updates and patches.
Red Hat released its popular RHEL 6 distribution back in November 2010 and typically the firm operates on a six month update schedule for current release tracks. So it is no big surprise that Red Hat has announced RHEL 6.1 in May, which brings out patches and security fixes and, according to Red Hat, maintains application compatibility and certification.
Aside from patches and updates, there are improvements to storage capabilities and file system updates, virtualisation, resource management and an updated scheduler all make the grade. RHEL 6.1 includes a technology preview of the firm's Enterprise Identity services, which are based on the open source FreeIPA project.
RHEL has almost become the default Linux distribution in many large enterprises. Although it doesn't have the cutting edge feel of other distributions, its conservative nature coupled with the cost and quality advantages of open source software have made Red Hat a significant software vendor that has over $1bn in annual revenue.
Many large server vendors also came out in support of RHEL, with IBM saying it worked with Red Hat closely to develop RHEL 6.1. Yesterday Red Hat became one of the founding members of the Open Virtualisation Alliance, a body set up to promote the virtues of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology.
Those who have an active subscription to Red Hat's support services can grab RHEL 6.1 from today. µ