Red Hat to Launch Enterprise Linux 7 in H2 2013

Red Hat to Launch Enterprise Linux 7 in H2 2013
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By Mikael Ricknäs
News May 16th 2012

The next major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), version 7, is targeted for release in the second half of 2013, Red Hat said, as it also celebrated the tenth anniversary of its enterprise OS.

Red Hat aims to release a major new version of its OS every three years, and updates about every six months, according to Jim Totten, vice president and general manager at Red Hat's Platform business unit.

"While we are not at a place where we are making announcements ... our general target is the second half of 2013 to see RHEL 7 enter the marketplace," Totten said in a webcast.

Red Hat is keeping details of the release close to its chest, but Totten said the OS will have improvements across its more than 2,000 packages and that key focus areas are supporting new hardware, file systems, security and performance, he said.

In the next year or so Red Hat will start talking more about the details.

More is known about an update that's due before then, version 6.3. For example, it will include a new tool called Virt-P2V, which allows IT staff to convert physical Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux implementations directly into virtual machines, and then be deployed as KVM guests inside Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Version 6.3 is being beta tested and is expected to ship in mid- to late-June.