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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 *Beta* Availability Announcement



Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the *beta* release
of Update 4 for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 family of products
including:

    - Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for x86, AMD64/EM64T,
       Itanium, POWER, S/390 and zSeries
    - Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4 for x86, AMD64/EM64T, Itanium
    - Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4 for x86, AMD64/EM64T, Itanium
    - Red Hat Desktop 4 for x86 and AMD64/EM64T

This update beta includes the following enhancements:

    - Availability of a full set of updated installable CD ISO
       with OS package updates and install-time support for
       new hardware.

    - Availability of updated Extras ISO images with third
       party package updates.

    - New kernel features include:

      * Device Mapper mirroring support
      * IDE diskdump support
      * x86/x86_64: Multi-core scheduler support
      * ia64: perfmon support for Montecito
      * much improved support for IBM x460
      * AMD PowerNow! patches to support Opteron Rev G
      * Vmalloc support > 64MB
      * x86_64: support larger kernel command line

    - There were several bug fixes in various parts of the kernel. The
       ongoing effort to resolve these problems has resulted in a marked
       improvement in the reliability and scalability of Red Hat
       Enterprise Linux 4.

    - Hardware support enhancements:

        * Driver updates including
          ipmi, ib_mthca, bnx2, bonding, e100, e1000, sky2, tg3,
          ipw2100, ipw2200, 3w-9xxx, ips, iscsi_sfnet, lpfc,
          megaraid_sas, qla2100, qla2200, qla2300, qla2322, qla2400,
          qla2xxx, qla6312, sata_promise, sata_vsc, ibmvscsic, ipr

        * Driver additions including
          dcdbas, sata_mv, sata_qstor, sata_uli, skge, stex, pdc_adma:

    - Security updates, bug fixes, and feature enhancements to
       numerous system packages

    - Update of the Infiniband technology preview to a newer version of
       the upstream OpenFabrics.Org project, formerly known as OpenIB.

    - Technology preview release of gcc-4.1

    - Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) preparation
       Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 adds some capabilities to
       the base system components, including the kernel and wireless
       utilities such as iwconfig and iwlist and upgrades to the
       firmware files contained in the Applications CD.

       This update does *NOT* include the WPA-Supplicant user-space
       component that would be required to actually connect to a WPA
       network. The Beta release notes are not clear in this regard
       but will be corrected by GA of the Update release.

       Red Hat is planning to add the WPA-Supplicant at in a later
       Update release.

    - Bonded Ethernet interfaces were previously capable of hashing to a
       destination slave based solely on source and destination MAC
       addresses for balance-xor (mode 2) and 802.3ad (mode 4) bonding
       modes. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 now adds support to
       compute the destination slave interface based on source and
       destination IP and source and destination Layer 4 (TCP/UDP)
       ports.

    - Important:
       Browser re-base from Mozilla to Seamonkey

       The Mozilla Suite has been replaced by Seamonkey, the internet
       application suite from the Mozilla Foundation that includes a Web
       browser, email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML
       editor. Users of the Mozilla Suite are advised to transition to
       Seamonkey, which offers the same application functionality and
       shares the same "Mozilla Application Suite" codebase as the
       legacy Mozilla Suite, which is no longer maintained by the
       Mozilla Foundation and subsequently will not be regularly updated
       for bug and security fixes.

       While this change has no immediate impact on users other than
       securing the long-term availability of security fixes, it
       introduces substantial changes to the Browser API and ABI.
       Therefore, applications that depend on those APIs (for example,
       browser plugins) may need to be upgraded as well. Current Firefox
       plugins will work with the Seamonkey Navigator Web browser.

    - Important:
       Re-base from Firefox version 1.0 to 1.5 and as well re-base of
       the Thunderbird mail client from version 1.4 to 1.5.

       Users of the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client are
       advised to transition to version 1.5 of the respective package,
       which offers the same or more application functionality.
       Version 1.0 is no longer maintained by the Mozilla Foundation and
       subsequently will not be regularly updated for bug and security
       fixes.

    - Re-base from OpenOffice.Org version 1.1.2 to 1.1.5 to enable
       reading of contemporary Oasis standard format documents (ODT
       documents) used by OpenOffice.org 2.0.

Beta release notes are attached to this mail in plain text format.

Packages added in this beta release include:

ibmasm-3.0-4
libgssapi-0.8-1
nfs-utils-lib-1.0.6-3
oddjob-0.26-1.1
openib-1.0-0.rc4.2
sblim-1-1.EL4
seamonkey-1.0.1-0.2.3.EL4

Packages updated in this beta release include:

OpenIPMI-1.4.14-1.4E.13
alsa-utils-1.0.6-5
amtu-1.0.2-5.EL4
anaconda-10.1.1.44-2
at-3.1.8-80_EL4
audit-1.0.14-1.EL4
authconfig-4.6.10-rhel4.3
autofs-4.1.3-185
bash-3.0-19.3
bind-9.2.4-16.EL4
binutils-2.15.92.0.2-21
chkconfig-1.3.13.4-1
comps-4AS-0.20060607
control-center-2.8.0-12.rhel4.5
coreutils-5.2.1-31.4
cpio-2.5-9.RHEL4
crash-4.0-2.30
cups-1.1.22-0.rc1.9.11
cvs-1.11.17-9.RHEL4
dbus-0.22-12.EL.7
devhelp-0.10-0.1.el4
device-mapper-1.02.07-2.0.RHEL4
device-mapper-multipath-0.4.5-16.0.RHEL4
dhcp-3.0.1-58.EL4
dia-0.94-5.7.1
diskdumputils-1.3.6-1
dmraid-1.0.0.rc11-2_RHEL4_U4
dos2unix-3.1-21.2
dovecot-0.99.11-4.EL4
e2fsprogs-1.35-12.4.EL4
elfutils-0.97.1-3
emacs-21.3-19.EL.4
ethereal-0.99.0-EL4.2
evolution-2.0.2-27.rhel4.2
evolution-connector-2.0.2-10.rhel4.1
evolution-data-server-1.0.2-9.rhel4.1
file-4.10-2.EL4.4
findutils-4.1.20-7.el4.1
finger-0.17-26.EL4.1
firefox-1.5.0.3-0.2.EL4
firstboot-1.3.39-5
freeradius-1.0.1-3.RHEL4.3
frysk-0.0.1.2006.05.15.rh1-0.EL4
gamin-0.1.1-4.EL4
gcc-3.4.6-3
gcc4-4.1.0-18.EL4
gdb-6.3.0.0-1.130.EL4
gftp-2.0.17-6
glibc-2.3.4-2.22
gnome-system-monitor-2.7.0-5
gnupg-1.2.6-4
gpm-1.20.1-71.RHEL4
grep-2.5.1-32.2
groff-1.18.1.1-3.EL4
gtk2-2.4.13-19
hal-0.4.2-4.EL4
hotplug-2004_04_01-7.7
htdig-3.2.0b6-3.40.2.rhel4
httpd-2.0.52-25.ent
hwbrowser-0.19-0.EL4.4
hwdata-0.146.20.EL-1
im-sdk-12.1-13.EL.5
initscripts-7.93.25.EL-1
iproute-2.6.9-3.EL4.3
ipsec-tools-0.3.3-6.rhel4.1
iputils-20020927-18.EL4.3
iscsi-initiator-utils-4.0.3.0-4
joe-3.1-7.rhel4
kdebase-3.3.1-5.10
kdegraphics-3.3.1-3.9
kernel-2.6.9-39.EL
kernel-utils-2.4-13.1.83
libselinux-1.19.1-7.2
libtiff-3.6.1-10
lockdev-1.0.1-6.2
lsof-4.72-1.4
ltrace-0.4-1.5.EL4
lvm2-2.02.06-3.0.RHEL4
mailman-2.1.5.1-34.rhel4.2
mailx-8.1.1-36.EL4
make-3.80-6.EL4
man-1.5o1-9.rhel4
man-pages-1.67-9.EL4
mcelog-0.4-1.12.EL
miniChinput-0.0.3-64
mkinitrd-4.2.1.8-1
ncompress-4.2.4-41.rhel4
net-snmp-5.1.2-11.EL4.7
net-tools-1.60-37.EL4.7
netdump-0.7.16-2
netpbm-10.25-2.EL4.3
newt-0.51.6-9.rhel4
nfs-utils-1.0.6-70.EL4
nss_ldap-226-13
ntp-4.2.0.a.20040617-4.EL4.1
numactl-0.6.4-1.28
openldap-2.2.13-6.4E
openmotif-2.2.3-10.RHEL4.5
openmotif21-2.1.30-11.RHEL4.6
openoffice.org-1.1.5-2.6.0.EL4
openssh-3.9p1-8.RHEL4.15
openssl-0.9.7a-43.10
oprofile-0.8.1-23
pam-0.77-66.17
parted-1.6.19-4.EL
pciutils-2.1.99.test8-3.2
perl-5.8.5-34.RHEL4
php-4.3.9-3.12
postfix-2.2.10-1.RHEL4.2
postgresql-7.4.13-2.RHEL4.1
ppc64-utils-0.8-2
procps-3.2.3-8.4
psmisc-21.4-4.1
python-2.3.4-14.2
redhat-release-4AS-5.4
rhgb-0.14.1-9
rhn-applet-2.1.25-16
rhnlib-1.8.7-4
rpm-4.3.3-18_nonptl
rpmdb-redhat-4-0.20060607
rsh-0.17-25.4
ruby-1.8.1-7.EL4.3
s390utils-1.3.2-2.40.10
samba-3.0.10-1.4E.7
sed-4.1.2-5.EL4
selinux-policy-targeted-1.17.30-2.134
sendmail-8.13.1-3.RHEL4.3
spamassassin-3.0.5-4.el4
squirrelmail-1.4.6-5.el4
strace-4.5.14-0.EL4
sysreport-1.3.15-6
sysstat-5.0.5-11.rhel4
system-config-date-1.7.15-0.RHEL4.3
system-config-lvm-1.0.17-1.0
system-config-netboot-0.1.40-1_EL4
systemtap-0.5.7-0.EL4
tar-1.14-10.RHEL4
thunderbird-1.5.0.2-0.1.EL4
tog-pegasus-2.5.1-1.EL4
tzdata-2006a-2.EL4
udev-039-10.15.EL4
umb-scheme-3.2-36.EL4
up2date-4.4.69-11
util-linux-2.12a-16.EL4.20
valgrind-3.1.1-1.EL4
valgrind-callgrind-0.10.1-2.EL4
vsftpd-2.0.1-5.EL4.5
wireless-tools-28-0.pre16.3.3.EL4
xcin-2.5.3.pre3-25
xinitrc-4.0.14.3-1
xorg-x11-6.8.2-1.EL.13.33
xscreensaver-4.18-5.rhel4.11
xterm-192-4.EL4
ypserv-2.13-14

Packages removed in this beta release include:

libibverbs
libmthca
libsdp
mozilla
opensm
udapl

The beta update packages and CD images are intended for testing
purposes only, and will be followed up with official, supported
update packages delivered as official product errata when testing
is complete.  Red Hat may, at any time, change the contents of
any or all of these beta updates.  The beta testing period is
scheduled to continue through July 18, 2006.

Please remember that this beta software is not supported and
is not intended for production environments!  Please do not publish
any benchmark or performance results based on this beta release.
Upgrades will *not* be supported from the beta update to the
subsequent official update; a fresh base install will be
required.

This message includes details on obtaining the early access software,
reporting bugs, and communicating with Red Hat and other testers via
mailing lists during the early access period.

For specific package change logs and version levels, consult the
architecture-specific channel package lists on Red Hat Network.

Accessing the Software
----------------------

The beta update packages are available via Red Hat Network
(https://rhn.redhat.com) to all current Red Hat Enterprise Linux
subscribers.  The updates are available via two methods:

(a) Fresh install from new ISO images

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 Beta, a completely
new installable ISO image set is provided.

Once you have logged in to RHN, click on the "Channels" tab and
choose the appropriate child channel entitled "<product name> Beta".
Click on the 'Downloads' sub-tab, and follow the directions
provided to download installable ISO images for your platform and
release.

(b) Update existing test installation using RHN beta channel

Once you have logged in to RHN, click on the "Channels" tab and
choose the appropriate child channel entitled "<product name> Beta".
Click on the "Target Systems" subtab, and select all of the
non-production, test systems you want to participate in the beta
program.  Click on the "subscribe" button to apply the
selection(s).

Once the beta channel has been subscribed, run the following command
from a shell prompt on each target system to update any packages for
which new versions exist:

up2date

You will see a list of packages that are available to be installed.
Select all packages and step through the instructions.  Note: you will
optionally be able to skip installation of the kernel.  Do not skip the
kernel!  Be sure to select it as well for installation.

For more information, Red Hat Network user guides and FAQs are
available on the RHN website at https://rhn.redhat.com.

* Note: Systems that are updated with the beta update will not be
upgradeable to the official update.  A fresh install will be
required to ensure support! *

Bug Reporting
-------------

Red Hat customers with active support contracts should report their
bugs through Red Hat support at:
    http://www.redhat.com/support

Red Hat partners with Issue Tracker accounts should report their
bugs through the Issue Tracker interface at:
    https://enterprise.redhat.com/issue-tracker/

All other testers should report bugs via the public Bugzilla tool
(filed against product "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta" and release
"rhel4-update") at:
    http://bugzilla.redhat.com

Mailing Lists
-------------

Red Hat has created public mailing list for communication during
this and all future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 beta programs.

* rhelv4-announce redhat com

    A low-volume, moderated, announcement-only mailing list.  Red Hat
    will use this list to communicate one-way information about RHEL 4
    beta programs, such as notifications when updates are
    available or solicitations for beta feedback.  Subscribe at:
      https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rhelv4-announce

* nahant-beta-list redhat com

    A public general discussion mailing list for beta testers of
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 updates.  Subscribe at:
      https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/nahant-beta-list

Thank you for participating in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Update 4 beta program.

Sincerely,

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team

            Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 Beta Release Notes

     Copyright (c) 2006 Red Hat, Inc.


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Introduction

   The following topics are covered in this document:

     o Changes to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation program
       (Anaconda)

     o General information

     o Kernel Notes

     o Changes to drivers and hardware support

     o Changes to packages

   For late-breaking information on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4
   that did not appear in these Release Notes, refer to the Red Hat
   Knowledgebase at the following URL:

   [1]https://www.redhat.com/apps/support/knowledgebase/

Installation Related Notes

   The following section includes information specific to installation
   of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Anaconda installation program.

  Note

   In order to upgrade an already-installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
   system to Update 4, you must use Red Hat Network to update those
   packages that have changed.

   You may use Anaconda to perform a fresh installation of Red Hat
   Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 or to perform an upgrade from the latest
   updated version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 to Red Hat Enterprise
   Linux 4.

     o If you are copying the contents of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
       Update 4 CD-ROMs (in preparation for a network-based
       installation, for example) be sure you copy the CD-ROMs for the
       operating system only.  Do not copy the Extras CD-ROM, or any of
       the layered product CD-ROMs, as this will overwrite files
       necessary for Anaconda's proper operation.

       These CD-ROMs must be installed after Red Hat Enterprise Linux
       has been installed.

General Information

   This section contains general information not specific to any other
   section of this document.

     o Beginning in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4, the Mozilla
       Suite has been replaced by Seamonkey, the internet application
       suite from the Mozilla Foundation that includes a Web browser,
       email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editor.
       Users of the Mozilla Suite are advised to transition to
       Seamonkey, which offers the same application functionality and
       shares the same "Mozilla Application Suite" codebase as the
       legacy Mozilla Suite, which is no longer maintained by the
       Mozilla Foundation and subsequently will not be regularly updated
       for bug and security fixes.

       While this change will have no immediate impact on users other
       than securing the long-term availability of security fixes, it
       introduces substantial changes in the Browser API and ABI.
       Therefore, applications that depend on those APIs (for example,
       browser plugins) may need to be upgraded as well. Current Firefox
       plugins will work with the Seamonkey Navigator Web Browser.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 includes a technology preview
       release of gcc-4.1. Users are encouraged to find more information
       and provide feedback on the technology preview using bugzilla at
       the following URL:

       [2]http://bugzilla.redhat.com

       Note that this technology preview release of gcc-4.1 is not
       supported for use in production environments, and that gcc-4.1
       interfaces and APIs are subject to change during the technology
       preview phase. A fully supported release of gcc-4.1 is planned
       for a future release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 adds Wi-Fi Protected Access
       (WPA) capability to the base system components, including the
       kernel and wireless utilities such as iwconfig and iwlist.
       Wireless cards supporting WPA in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
       Update 4 are the Intel Pro/Wireless 2100, 2200, and 2915 cards.
       The 2200 and 2915 devices require updated firmware, which is
       available in an updated ipw2200-firmware package on the Red Hat
       Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 Applications CD.

     o Bonded Ethernet interfaces were previously capable of hashing to
       a destination slave based solely on source and destination MAC
       addresses for balance-xor (mode 2) and 802.3ad (mode 4) bonding
       modes. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 now adds support to
       compute the destination slave interface based on source and
       destination IP and source and destination Layer 4 (TCP/UDP)
       ports.

Kernel Notes

   This section contains notes relating to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
   4 Update 4 kernel.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 includes fixes for an issue
       in the previous updates with supporting more than 16 processors
       in an AMD Opteron system.

     o Support for the Intel I/O Controller Hub (ICH8) south bridge
       chipset
       is now available.

     o Support is now available for AMD Opteron Revision G (RevG)
       processors

     o MCE support is now available for AMD Opteron Revision F (RevF)
       processors

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 includes updates to the
       drivers for OpenIPMI, the open source Intelligent Platform
       Management Interface (IPMI) implementation. With this update, the
       ipmi_register_smi() function has an API change. For more detailed
       information, refer to Red Hat Knowledge Base at the following
       URL:

       [3]http://kbase.redhat.com/faq

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 features an upgrade of the
       OpenIB.org Infiniband implementation to version rc4. Due to
       ongoing development of OpenIB support in the open source
       community, the OpenIB.org Infiniband implementation is considered
       a technology preview in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4.

       OpenIB rc4 enables more hardware support such as ipath on AMD64
       and Intel(R) EM64T, mthca on ppc64 (except iseries), and ehca on
       all ppc64 platforms. OpenIB RC4 additionally enables one more
       upper layer driver (iser, the iSCSI-over-IB driver).

       For more detailed information on OpenIB RC4 in Red Hat Enterprise
       Linux 4 Update 4, refer to the Red Hat knowledge base at the
       following URL:

       [4]http://kbase.redhat.com/faq

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 supports greater than 184
       interrupt request lines (IRQs). This bug fix allows systems that
       has 128 PCI slots to have multi-function PCI devices.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 adds ATI SB450/SB460LF
       southbridge support for Intel Grant County motherboards.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 adds ATI SB600 southbridge
       support

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 adds Nvidia nForce 430/MCP51
       IDE support.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 corrects a mismatch on the
       scsi_mod parameters max_luns= and max_report_lun=.

     o Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4 includes diskdump support for
       the following devices:

          o Compaq Smart Array controller (cciss)

          o Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel HBA (lpfc)

          o LSI Logic MegaRAID Serial Attached SCSI HBA (megaraid_sas)

          o QLogic Fibre Channel HBA (qla2xxx)

Changes to Drivers and Hardware Support

   This update includes bug fixes for a number of drivers. The more
   significant driver updates are listed below.

     o The following device drivers are added or updated in Red Hat
       Enterprise Linux 4 Update 4:

          o Added support in the LSI Logic MegaRAID Serial Attached SCSI
            HBA (megaraid_sas) driver for volumes larger than 2.2TB

          o Added support in the Adaptec aic7xxx and aic79xx family
            drivers for volumes larger than 2.2TB

          o Updated Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel (lpfc) driver and
            added the LightPulse Fibre Channel IOCTL (lpfcdfc)
            management module

          o Added Linux hardware system monitoring (lm_sensors) drivers

          o Added Promise SATA300 TX4 controller support in the
            sata_promise driver

          o Added Marvell MV88SX5081 Serial ATA controller (sata_mv)
            driver

          o Added Promise SuperTrak RAID controller (shasta.ko) driver

          o Marvell Thumper Serial ATA driver

          o Added Multipath over Channel-to-channel (ctcmpc) driver

          o Added Demand Based Switching (DBS) driver

          o Added Remote Supervisor Adapter Service processor (ibmasm)
            driver

          o Added support for Broadcom BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet adapter
            to the tg3 driver

          o Updated IBM Virtual Ethernet (ibmveth) driver to support
            device bonding

          o Added support for Realtek ALC260 and ALC262 sound devices to
            realtek driver

          o Updated Intel PRO/1000 (e1000) network driver

          o Updated Intel PRO/100 (e100) network driver

          o Updated IBM ServeRAID SCSI controller (ips) driver

          o Updated QLogic Fibre Channel HBA (qla2xxx) driver

          o Updated IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries disk controller (ipr)
            driver

          o Updated Dell Systems Management Base (dcdbas) driver

Changes to Packages

   This section contains listings of packages that have been updated or
   added from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 as part of Update 4.

  Note

   These package lists include packages from all variants of Red Hat
   Enterprise Linux 4. Your system may not include every one of the
   packages listed here.

   The following packages have been updated from the release of Red Hat
   Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2:

     o ***** UNDER DEVELOPMENT *****

   The following new packages have been added to Red Hat Enterprise
   Linux 4 Update 4:

     o ***** UNDER DEVELOPMENT *****

   The following packages have been removed from Red Hat Enterprise
   Linux 4 Update 4:

     o ***** UNDER DEVELOPMENT *****

   ( x86 )

References

   Visible links
   1. https://www.redhat.com/apps/support/knowledgebase/
   2. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/
   3. http://kbase.redhat.com/faq
   4. http://kbase.redhat.com/faq


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