Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 Released Today

July 24, 2008

by RHEL5 Team

Today we released the seventh update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, marking the point where Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 enters the autumn of its life cycle. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 is now marching toward the Production 2 life cycle phase - formerly known as the “Transition” or “Deployment” phase. From this point forward, the amount of change introduced for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 minor releases is decreasing constantly as Red Hat focuses its efforts on addressing continued stabilization of the release.

Aside from a broad range of fixes and refreshed hardware enablement, a number of key product enhancements were included in Enterprise Linux 4.7, among them:

  • Upgrade to Firefox 3
  • Support for SHA-256 / SHA-512 password encryption in order to meet government requirements
  • Added the aide (Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment) package to allow file system integrity
    testing
  • Systemtap production support
  • Added tick divider capability, helping to avoid time-skew when running Enterprise Linux 4 as a fully virtualized guest on Enterprise Linux 5 or VMWare virtualization
  • Added IPv6 support for iSCSI
  • Numerous autofs improvements

As an effect of yesterday’s news on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux life cycle update, there will be one additional update for the Production 1 life cycle, formerly known as “Full Support”, phase of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 is currently projected to be available in early 2009. Following Enterprise Linux 4.8, the release will enter the Production 2 life cycle phase.

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