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  • July 2, 2018

Announcing the release of Oracle Linux 6 Update 10

Avi Miller
Product Management Director, Oracle Linux

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 for the i386 and x86_64 architectures. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server. ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and Docker images are available via Oracle Container Registry and Docker Hub.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 (kernel-uek-4.1.12-124.16.4.el6uek) for x86-64
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.294.3.el6uek) for i386
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-754.el6) for i386 and x86-64

By default, both UEK and RHCK for the specific architecture (i386 or x86-64) are installed and the system boots the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release.

Application Compatibility

Oracle Linux maintains user space compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), which is independent of the kernel version that underlies the operating system. Existing applications in user space will continue to run unmodified on Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 with UEK Release 4 and no re-certifications are needed for applications already certified with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 6.

Notable updates in this release:

  • Retpoline Support Added to GCC. Support for retpolines has been added to the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) in this update. The kernel uses this technique to reduce the overhead of mitigating Spectre Variant 2 attacks, which is described in CVE-2017-5715.

For more details on these and other new features and changes, please consult the Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 Release Notes in the Oracle Linux Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Customers decide which of their systems require a support subscription. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for development, testing, and production systems. The customer decides which support coverage is the best for each individual system, while keeping all of the systems up-to-date and secure.

Customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support also receive support for additional Linux programs, including Oracle Linux software collections, Oracle OpenStack and zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice.

For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux.

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