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[rhelv5-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Beta Update



Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of some
updates to the *beta* release of 5.4 for the Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5 family of products including:

 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform for x86,
   AMD64/Intel(r) 64, Itanium Processor Family, System p
   and System z
 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server for x86,
   AMD64/Intel(r) 64, Itanium Processor Family, System p
   and System z
 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop for x86 and
   AMD64/Intel(r)


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 is in development and therefore the
contents of the beta media kit, the implemented features, and the
supported configurations are subject to change before the release
of the final product.  The supplied beta packages are only available
Red Hat Network. No new media kits are being generated for this
update. Remember that this early access software is not supported
and is not intended for production environments.  Benchmark and
performance results cannot be published based on this beta release
without explicit approval from Red Hat.


The beta testing period is scheduled to continue through
August 13th, 2009.


Table of Contents
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  Beta Updates



Beta Updates
------------

This beta update includes the following improvements:

* kernel (2.6.18-157.el5)
  The kernel config option has been updated to include the FUSE
  kernel option. Numerous kernel fixes have also been included.

* samba3x
  The samba3x component is being included in the Supplementary
  Beta channel. The samba3x component provides support for
  samba 3.3 as a Technology Preview. This component is in
  conflict with the samba component in the base product. Testing
  this component will require removal of all the samba components
  and the installation of the equivalent samba3x components.
  Note: the configuration files are not portable between the two
  versions.

* ctdb
  Clustered TDB (ctdb) is being included in the Supplementary
  Beta channel. ctdb is the clustered lock support for
  samba3x to allow an active-active SMB export on GFS2.
  ctdb is a Technology Preview.

* samba3x and ctdb are available for the x86_64 arch only.



Additional Information
----------------------

Additional information is provided below on Documentation,
Bug Reporting, Mailing Lists, and Package Version List.

Thank you for participating in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4
beta program.

Sincerely,

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team


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

Release notes for this beta are available on the Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5 site at:

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/

The Release Notes are also on your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
installed system in the redhat-release-notes package.


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

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Beta testers who have assigned
Technical Account Managers (TAMs) should report all bugs with
this beta release using your current Issue Tracker account.

All other beta users should report bugs using Red Hat's
Bugzilla.  To report and query for bugs in this Beta release,
you need a Bugzilla account with access to the "Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5" 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 5".

4. Choose Version "5.4".

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, state clearly that you
 are using a *Beta* package and 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.


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

Red Hat has a public mailing list for communication during
this and all future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 beta programs.

* rhelv5-announce redhat com

 A low-volume, moderated, announcement-only mailing list.
 Red Hat will use this list to communicate one-way
 information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 beta programs,
 such as notifications when releases are available or
 solicitations for beta feedback.  Subscribe at:

   https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rhelv5-announce

* rhelv5-beta-list redhat com

 A public general discussion mailing list for beta testers
 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 releases.  Subscribe at:

   https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rhelv5-beta-list


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