Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta - at the same time with the world

    Open Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta - at the same time with the whole world!

    And before we get to the presentation of important changes and new features, let's say the main thing - developers can start testing our new miracle using the Red Hat Developer Program .

    Linux containers, Kubernetes, artificial intelligence, blockchain and a number of other high-profile technological breakthroughs of recent years have one thing in common - Linux. The very Linux that has been a workhorse for mission-critical production systems for almost two decades. Today, we present our vision of Linux as the basis for innovation, expanding the boundaries and transforming corporate IT systems on the way to the future. Meet the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta.

    Creating Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta, we have worked hard to make it a universal base for traditional computing environments and innovative IT infrastructures. The new generation of our corporate Linux platform is designed to help implement digital transformation strategies in hybrid cloud environments that enable organizations to effectively use Linux containers, Kubernetes, and other technical innovations to bring unique products and services to market. At the same time, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta will help IT professionals optimize and improve the efficiency of existing IT systems, as well as ensure stability and productivity in the implementation of innovations.

    In the four years since our OS was releasedRed Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the world of IT technology has changed a lot - we are with it. Today, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta once again sets a new operating system standard as the foundation for IT innovation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta has received hundreds of improvements and dozens of new features, including those that allow you to effectively use this platform for digital transformation and transition to hybrid cloud computing technologies, without sacrificing the stability of existing IT systems.

    Oops! Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta introduces the Application Streams application flow concept.which provide easier and more flexible delivery of userspace packages. The userspace components can now be updated more often than the main OS packages, i.e. This can be done without waiting for the release of a new version of the operating system. It also becomes possible to install different versions of the same package, for example, a programming language or a DBMS, which increases the flexibility of customizing and customizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux while maintaining the overall stability and reliability of the platform.

    Moving on, in addition to the updated kernel architecture, other major improvements and innovations have appeared in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta.


    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta supports IPVLAN and allows containers on virtual machines to communicate with network hosts with minimal bandwidth and network latency. The new TCP / IP stack with the bandwidth and round-trip propagation time (BBR) overload tracking mechanism improves performance, minimizes delays and reduces packet losses when streaming video broadcasting, cloud storage and other similar Internet services.


    Continuing the tradition of previous versions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta offers enhanced code, regular security fixes, and its extensive experience in creating secure software. One of our main goals with the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is to improve the security of hybrid cloud environments by providing a secure default operating system.

    With support for OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3 , server applications on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta platform can now apply the latest standards to protect data. System-wide Cryptographic Policies system-wide cryptographic policies simplify compliance with regulations and data protection requirements, allowing you to implement them centrally, rather than by configuring or refining individual applications.

    Linux containers

    We built Linux container support into Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, and today containers are one of the most important components of the notorious digital transformation, paving the way for all these more portable and flexible enterprise applications.

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta fully supports and includes the lightweight and open standards-based Red Hat Container Toolkit , which includes tools such as Buildah (container building ), Podman (running containers) and Skopeo(search and sharing of containers). Thanks to the distributed architecture and the abandonment of daemonless programs, these tools help developers search, launch, assemble and exchange containers faster and more efficiently.

    System management

    With the increasing role of Linux in corporate data centers, there is an increasing need for simpler and more accessible management tools that help system novice administrators to work effectively with hybrid environments and perform other unusual tasks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta is designed to simplify the life of an administrator of any skill level, primarily through the unified management console of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Web Console, whose simple and intuitive interface allows you to efficiently manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers in local and remote mode. including virtual machines. Composer

    toolHelps both novice and experienced users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux create and deploy OS images in a hybrid cloud, including in physical and virtualized environments, private and public clouds. Composer's simple and intuitive graphical interface simplifies access to packages and builds deployable images, helping you quickly and easily configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux to meet specific requirements, such as minimizing the size of the image or creating a customized configuration, as well as the target deployment environment, including virtual machines and cloud computing. environment.

    Yum 4 , the new version of the staffed Red Hat Enterprise Linux package manager, offers more performance, less dependencies during installation, and more choices when working with package versions.

    File Systems and Data Stores

    Another new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta is Stratis , a volume-oriented file system. Stratis allows the administrator to abstract from the technical details of the implementation of the storage through the use of APIs and quickly create easy-to-manage and efficient file systems.

    Snapshots of the File System Snapshots file system significantly speed up file-level tasks, such as cloning virtual machines, and also help save disk space by writing to the storage only when data changes. LUKSv2 support for encrypting data on a disk in combination Network-Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE) increases security and simplifies access to encrypted data.

    The future is ready for testing.

    In this article, we didn’t just want to explain why Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta is the foundation of the corporate IT systems of the future. We really want you to meet her in person. We invite all of our customers to start testing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta and, in practice, evaluate its capabilities in terms of increasing flexibility, reliability and manageability when deploying applications. As for software developers, they too can see the future of the leading enterprise class Linux platform using the Red Hat Developer Program .

    Well, if you are not familiar with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, go here Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Public Beta , see the README file for instructions and get started.

    Stefanie Chiras, English

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