Companies and developers can now start experimenting with the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 (RHEL 9), one of the most anticipated operating systems by the Open Source community and which has grown enormously in popularity as a result of the development of all kinds of cloud and hybrid cloud initiatives.
The new version of Red Hat’s operating system already includes in this first beta, new features focused on improving its security technologies and compliance, a simplified management of the solution and improvements in the automation tools.
However, the system administration tools are maintained with little change, so the migration to the new version should be on paper easier for ICT managers, who should find a really simplified process and more than enough reasons to update, when RHEL 9 reaches its first stable version.
This is not to say that Red Hat hasn’t made certain improvements even here. In fact, the company has commented that improved metrics are offered to facilitate problem diagnosis from the web console, a new application that allows to apply patches to the kernel live, without the need to experience any type of downtime, and a way easier to create new operating system images.
Ready to dominate the edge
As Red Hat itself explained in an official statement, many of the new features are intended to position RHEL 9 as the premier operating system for leveraging workloads running on the edge, putting it in the hands of IT administrators. IT the tools they need to facilitate scalability.
We mentioned before that security and complicating are some of the keys to this new version and here we find, for example, support for Smart cards as a form of authentication through the web console, additional security profiles to be able to comply with standards such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS, a more detailed single sign-on record and integrated OpenSSL 3.
The company has also announced new containerization options, including universal images standardized in “micro” and “minimal” form factors, intended for the development of applications designed for very basic devices and especially useful for their positioning in structures of edge computing.
RHEL 9 is now available for download and as announced by the multinational, the beta access restrictions have been removed, so even free Red Hat Developer accounts can access the official image. What has not been published at the moment however, is an official calendar with the following release dates.