We're happy to announce the immediate availability of Oracle
Linux 6 Update 5, the fifth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public
repository now; ISO
installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software
Delivery Cloud soon.
Some highlights in this release include:
- DTrace support has
now been integrated in the default kernel and now supports user-space
tracing of DTrace-enabled applications via the USDT provider.
- Linux Containers (LXC) are now supported in the UEK R3.
- The Btrfs file system
now supports the send and receive subcommands that allow you to record the
differences between two subvolumes, which can either be snapshots of
the same subvolume or parent and child subvolumes. Btrfs now also supports replacing devices
without unmounting or otherwise disrupting access to the file system.
- The OpenFabrics
Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 2.0 stack has been added,
supporting a wide range of Infiniband protocols.
- Paravirtualization support
has been enabled for Oracle Linux guests on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.
For more details on these and other new features and changes
in Oracle Linux 6 Update 5, please consult the Release Notes in the Oracle
Linux Product Documentation Library.
Oracle Linux 6 Update 5 is the first Oracle Linux distribution
that installs the
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (based on mainline Linux 3.8)
by default on systems based on the x86_64 architecture. The UEK R3 has already
been released and announced for previous Oracle Linux 6 versions via a
yum repository in October. The Red Hat compatible kernel is
also included for compatibility.
For a detailed list of notable changes and improvements in
UEKR3, please check the Release
Notes for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3.
As usual, Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed
free of charge and updates
and errata are freely available. For support,
you are free to decide which of your systems you want to obtain a
support subscription for, and at what level each system should be
supported. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your
development, testing and production systems - you decide which support
coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while
keeping all of them up-to-date and secure.
Read the press release.