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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 General Availability Announcement



Red Hat is pleased to announce the general availability of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 (kernel-2.6.9-55.EL) including:

  - Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for x86, AMD64/Intel(r) 64,
    Itanium Processor Family, POWER, S/390 and zSeries
  - Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4 for x86, AMD64/Intel(r) 64,
    Itanium Processor Family
  - Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4 for x86, AMD64/Intel(r) 64,
    Itanium Processor Family
  - Red Hat Desktop 4 for x86 and AMD64/Intel(r) 64

This update includes the following enhancements:

    New kernel features include:

    * RHEL4 paravirtualized kernel for i686 and x86-64 and
      installation of paravirt RHEL4.5 guests
    * Updated kernel support for Infiniband
    * NFS performance metrics (from 2.6.17-rc6)
    * EDAC for Opteron
    * diskdump support for sata_nv driver
    * diskdump support for ibmvscsi driver
    * netdump support to 8139cp driver
    * CIFS updated to 1.45
    * Clustering application support through dm device ioctls

    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
      3w-9xxx, ahci, ata_piix, bnx2, bonding, cciss, e1000,
      ibmvscsic, ipr, ixgb, libata, megaraid_mm, megaraid_sas,
      mptbase, pdc_adma, qla2100, qla2200, qla2300, qla2322,
      qla2400, qla2xxx, qla6312, r8169, sata_mv, sata_nv,
      sata_promise, sata_qstor, sata_sil, sata_sis, sata_svw,
      sata_sx4, sata_uli, sata_via, sata_vsc, sky2, stex, tg3.

    * Drivers added:
      qla3xxx, qla4xxx

    * Added platform support:
      + allow disabling of MSI on PHX6700/6702 SHPC
      + Intel ICH9 chipset
      + PCIe power management quirk
      + H206 processor PowerNow! with new freqency control
      + AMD quad-core systems
      + RDTSCP
      + MCE Thresholding support for AMD 0x10 family processors
      + PCI-Express support for Altix
      + eClipz
      + ppc host ethernet adapter device driver
      + SHUB2 hardware support

    Other notable additions:

    * Technology preview release of OpenOffice.org 2.0
    * WPA-Supplicant driver now included
    * automounter load balancing with replicated servers
    * Configurable location for core dumps in netdump-server
    * Selectable core dump filtering
    * Microcode update
    * Session keyring initialization PAM module
    * gdm update for new audit system
    * Linux-z/VM monitoring with established z/VM tools
    * DASD awareness for multipath-tools
    * Infiniband update from 1.0 to OFED-1.1 code base
    * Native SAS and STAT devices are now supported
    * Added Alsa support for Broadwater platforms
    * Sealevel 8-port serial cards are now supported
    * Support for SCSI-3 persistent group reservations
    * mdadm support for RAID50
    * GUI iSCSI configuration
    * multipath-tools support for DASD disks


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

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 is available to existing
Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers via RHN.  The
channels will automatically appear in your account.
Installable binary and source ISO images are available via
Red Hat Network at:

 https://rhn.redhat.com/network/software/download_isos_full.pxt

You will be required to login using a valid RHN account with
active entitlements.

Errata Advisories describing changes in RHEL4 are available
online at:

https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/rhel4as-errata.html (AS)
https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/rhel4es-errata.html (ES)
https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/rhel4ws-errata.html (WS)
https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/rh-desktop-4-errata.html (Desktop)


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

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 users who have assigned Technical
Account Managers (TAMs) and/or Technical Partner Managers
should report all bugs with this release using your current
Issue Tracker account.

All other users should report bugs using Red Hat's Bugzilla.
To report and query for bugs in this release, you need a
Bugzilla account with access to the "Red Hat Enterprise Linux"
product.

To report a bug via Bugzilla:

1. Login to the Bugzilla home page at http://bugzilla.redhat.com.
   If you don't have an existing account, simply create one by
   going to this page:

   https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/createaccount.cgi

2. On the Bugzilla home page, choose the "New" tab.  Proceed to
   Step 3, "Choosing Your Product" by clicking that button at the
   bottom of the page.

3. Choose Product "Red Hat Enterprise Linux".

4. Choose Version "4.5".

5. Choose the component against which you wish to report a problem,
   such as kernel, glibc, etc.  If you do not know the component or
   want to file a bug against the general product, choose
   "distribution" as the component.

6. Choose the platform, such as: "All", "x86_64", etc.

7. Provide the information about the problem you're reporting by
   entering information in the appropriate fields.  In the Summary
   field, provide a clear and descriptive abstract of the issue.  In
   the Description field, provide the full package versions of any
   components you are experiencing problems with (as packages may be
   updated).

8. Check to make sure that all information is accurate and click the
   "Commit" button to submit your problem report.


Documentation
-------------

Release notes for this release are available on the Red Hat
documentation site at:
   http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/


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

Red Hat has public mailing lists for communication during all
future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 programs.

* rhelv4-announce <at> redhat <dot> 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 <at> redhat <dot> 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 4.5
program.

Sincerely,

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team


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