Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) has released version 7.0 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system today. RHEL 7.0 supports Windows interoperability, a new default file system, Docker containerization, and 10 years of support across major/minor releases. It also updates the Linux kernel that was used in RHEL 6.0+ from 2.6.32 to 3.10.
This version is supposed to be easier to install, manage, and deploy. By offering interoperability with Windows Active Directory and automated scripting, it would help system administrators during the upgrade.
The upgrade changes the default file system from EXT4 to XFS. Around 10,000 customers participated in the RHEL 7 Beta with 60 of them being “high touch” participants, meaning that they kept in close contact for detailed feedback.