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Announcing the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 8

Simon Coter
Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 8. Individual RPM packages are available on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server. ISO installation images will soon be available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and Docker images are available via Oracle Container Registry and Docker Hub.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 ships with the following kernel packages, which include bug fixes, security fixes and enhancements:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 5 for x86-64 and aarch64
    • kernel-uek-4.14.35-1902.300.11.el7uek
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK) for x86-64 only
    • kernel-3.10.0-1127.el7

Notable new features for all architectures

  • Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 ISO includes latest Unbreakable Kernel Release 5 Update 3
  • "Unbreakable Kernel Release 6" available by Oracle Linux 7 Yum channel
  • SELinux enhancements for Tomcat domain access and graphical login sessions
  • rsyslog has a new option for managing letter-case preservation by using the FROMHOST property for the imudp and imtcp modules
  • Pacemaker concurrent-fencing cluster property defaults to true, speeding up recovery in a large cluster where multiple nodes are fenced

Further information are available in the Release Notes for Oracle Linux 7 Update 8.

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 7 Update 8 with UEK Release 5 and no re-certifications are needed for applications already certified with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or Oracle Linux 7.

About Oracle Linux

The Oracle Linux operating environment delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for business-critical workloads deployed on premise or in the cloud. Oracle Linux is the basis of Oracle Autonomous Linux and runs Oracle Gen 2 Cloud. Unlike many other commercial Linux distributions, Oracle Linux is easy to download and completely free to use, distribute, and update.

Oracle Linux Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and Linux support specialists; zero-downtime updates using Ksplice; additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager and Spacewalk; and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

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

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Comments ( 6 )
  • nuama dresa Friday, April 10, 2020
    is it supported for oracle linux virtualization manager (both engine and node)? also for hosted engine on olvm?
  • Simon Saturday, April 11, 2020
    Hi Nuama,

    Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 can be used as hosted-engine (and so OLVM) with OLVM 4.3 release.

  • Dayana Perales Friday, April 17, 2020
    Good Morning

    Improvements between 7.7 and 7.8
  • Simon Saturday, April 18, 2020
    Hi Dayana,

    for information on improvements between OL 7.7 and OL 7.8 you can check release notes URL available on the blog article.

  • Raju Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Hi Simon,

    Is oracle linux 7.8 server version free? if yes, can you please provide the download link.
    Your prompt response is much appreciated on this.

    Thanks and regards
    S. Raju
  • Simon Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Hi Raju,

    you can download OL ISOs from:


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