Extended update support for most minor OS releases
To obtain maximum benefits in terms of innovation, functionality, and security from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription, Red Hat recommends that customers upgrade to each minor release as they occur (e.g., upgrading from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0 to 9.1 to 9.2). However, some organizations may wish to stay at a particular minor release for an extended period of time for a variety of reasons.
- Sensitive production workloads may dictate minimal infrastructure changes.
- Policy may require complete application stack recertification to support new minor releases.
- Certain independent software vendors (ISVs) may only certify on specific Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor releases.
To address this need, and help ensure the best possible security posture, Red Hat Enterprise Linux EUS streams are available for a period of 24 months from the availability of select minor releases. For example, Figure 1 illustrates planned releases for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, indicating which minor releases are planned to include the EUS Add-on.2