Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 software.
It is a public beta and a preview of the next generation of Red Hat’s suite of enterprise operating systems.
This is the first Red Hat Enterprise Linux release that includes Xen-based open-source virtualisation technology.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 release contains virtualisation on the i386 and x86_64 architectures, as well as a technology preview for IA64.
Virtualisation technology enables organisations to save on hardware costs by running multiple operating systems on the same platform.
Other focus areas for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta
1 testing include network storage (Autofs, iSCSI), Kexec/Kdump (replacing Diskdump and Netdump), smartcard integration, SELinux security, and analysis and development tools (SystemTap, Frysk), among other new features.
The beta release supports a wide range of hardware platforms, including 32-bit x86-compatible (i386/i686) systems, 64-bit AMD64 and Intel EM64T (x86_64), 64-bit Intel Itanium2 (IA64), and 64-bit IBM eServer iSeries and pSeries and POWER (ppc64).
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