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Announcing the release of Oracle Linux 6 Update 9

Avi Miller
Senior Solutions Architect

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 9, the final update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux Yum Server. ISO installation images will be available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud shortly.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 (kernel-uek-4.1.12-61.1.28.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-2.6.32-696.el6) for i386 and x86-64

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 6.9 with the UEK Release 4 and no re-certifications are needed for applications already certified with RHEL 6 or Oracle Linux 6.

Bug Fixes

Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 fixes a regression introduced in glibc in the upstream release that could cause Oracle Database to fail to start in certain circumstances. This regression was found and fixed during Oracle's extensive testing of Oracle Linux with Oracle products. Customers using other Linux distributions with Oracle Database are encouraged to talk to their Linux provider about whether they also have a patch available.

Notable features in this release include:

  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 support for all system components. Other changes include vsftpd support for TLS 1.2 and auditd support for incremental_async.

  • The cpuid utility is now available. This utility dumps detailed information about CPUs gathered from CPUID instruction and is capable of determining exact CPU models. The cpuid utilty supports Intel, AMD, and VIA CPUs.
  • Improved support when running as a Hyper-V guest.
  • Enhanced SSSD Support for Active Directory.

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 9, please consult the release notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription. 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 your systems up-to-date and secure. For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive access to zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice and support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

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

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