Technology Preview in New RedHat 5.1

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1, the first update to the RHEL 5 product line.

"Red Hat is pleased to announce the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1. This update includes the following enhancements: completion of virtualization support on Itanium2 platforms; improved support for Fully Virtualized (FV) guests; improved ACPI power management support including support for S3 suspend to RAM and S4 hibernate; ext3 filesystem now fully supports filesystem sizes of up to 16 TB; IPv6 improvements; hardware support enhancements; Samba update for improved interoperability; PAM/Kerberos and NSS-LDAP updates for improved integration in Active Directory environments; improved support for autofs load balancing with replicated servers...."

Technology Preview features are included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux to provide the features with wide exposure. Customers may find these features useful in a non-production environment. Customers are free to provide feedback and functionality suggestions for a Technology Preview feature before it becomes fully supported in a future release.

Technology Preview features are currently not supported under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 subscription services, may not be functionally complete, and are not supported for production use.

Erratas will be provided for high-severity security issues in Technology Preview features. Red Hat intends to fully support Technology Preview features in a future release.

  • Support for 32-bit PV guests on 64-bit AMD64/Intel(r) 64 hosts
  • Significant stability improvements to the GFS2 file system
  • Stateless Linux
  • AIGLX including X server and updated Mesa package
  • New devicescape (d80211) stack enabling ipw 4965 wireless driver
  • FS-Cache file system
  • Systemtap
  • iSCSI target device (iSCSI server)
  • Firewire stack


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