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[rhelv5-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Beta Announcement



Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the
*beta* release of 5.5 (kernel-2.6.18-186.el5) 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, Power
   Systems
 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server for x86,
   AMD64/Intel(r) 64, Itanium Processor Family, Power
   Systems and System z
 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop for x86 and
   AMD64/Intel(r)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 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 and CD and DVD
images are intended for testing purposes only.  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.

While anaconda's "upgrade" option will perform an upgrade from
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 or 5.4 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.5 beta, there is no guarantee that the upgrade will preserve
all of a system's settings, services, and custom configurations.
For this reason, Red Hat recommends that you perform a fresh
installation rather than an upgrade.  Upgrading from beta
release to the GA product is not supported.


The beta testing period is scheduled to continue through
March 16, 2010.


Table of Contents
-----------------

 Documentation
 Installation Information
 Defect Reporting
 Mailing Lists


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

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

http://www.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5.5.b1/html/Release_Notes/

The latest Technical Notes for this beta, including known issues,
are available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 site:

http://www.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5.5.b1/html/Technical_Notes/

Other documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 are available 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.


Installing the Software / Installation Numbers
----------------------------------------------

The ISO images contain the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 core
and optional components.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 requires
users to enter an Installation Number that guides the Installer
to include the correct components.  In the GA release, the
Installation Number will be associated with your subscription
entitlement.  If you plan to install multiple systems using a
kickstart file, you can embed an Installation Number in that
kickstart file.

If an Installation Number is not entered, a core Server or
Desktop will be installed by default.  Additional functionality
can be added manually or via RHN at a later time.

The following installation numbers should be used for the Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5.5 beta release:

Server:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Server including virtualization):
2515-dd4e-2152-25dd

+ Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform:
49af-8941-4d14-7589

Client:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop:
6602-66e2-6741-9c67

+ Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop + Workstation Option:
da31-22af-db7e-dd23

+ Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop + Workstation + Multi OS
Option (Virtualization):
7fcc-4355-7e9b-bc42

+ Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop + Multi OS Option
(Virtualization):
fed6-7649-ff91-8c77


Defect Reporting
-------------

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, release 5.5 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 "5.5".

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, 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://listman.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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