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Announcing the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta

Simon Coter
Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of the Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta Release for the 64-bit Intel and AMD (x86_64) and 64-bit Arm (aarch64) platforms. Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta is an update release that includes bug fixes, security fixes, and enhancements. The beta release allows Oracle partners and customers to test these capabilities before Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 becomes generally available.  It is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Update 9 Beta. Updates include:

  • An improved SCAP security guide for Oracle Linux 7
  • Updated device drivers for both UEK as well as Red Hat Compatible Kernel
  • Wayland display server protocol is now available as a technology preview
  • Updated virt-v2v release that now support Ubuntu and Debian conversion from VMware to Oracle Linux KVM

The Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta Release includes the following kernel packages:

  • kernel-uek-5.4.17-2011.4.4 for x86_64 and aarch64 platforms - The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6, which is the default kernel.

  • kernel-3.10.0-1136 for x86_64 platform - The latest Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK).

To get started with Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta Release, you can simply perform a fresh installation by using the ISO images available for download from Oracle Technology Network.

Or, you can perform an upgrade from an existing Oracle Linux 7 installation by using the Beta channels for Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta on the Oracle Linux yum server or the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)

# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/oracle-linux-ol7.repo

[ol7_beta]
name=Oracle Linux $releasever Update 9 Beta ($basearch)
baseurl=https://yum$ociregion.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/beta/$basearch/
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1

[ol7_optional_beta]
name=Oracle Linux $releasever Update 9 Beta ($basearch) Optional
baseurl=https://yum$ociregion.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/optional/beta/$basearch/
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1

If your instance is running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), the value "$ociregion" will be automatically valued to use OCI yum mirrors.

Modify the yum channel setting and enable the Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta channels. You can then perform the upgrade.

# yum update

After the upgrade is completed, reboot the system and you will have Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta running.

[root@v2v-app: ~]# cat /etc/oracle-release
Oracle Linux Server release 7.9

This release is provided for development and test purposes only and is not covered by Oracle Linux support; Beta releases cannot be used in production and no support will be provided to any customers running beta in production environments

Further technical details and known issues for Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta Release are available on Oracle Community - Oracle Linux and UEK Preview space.

Oracle Linux team welcome your questions and feedback on Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Beta Release. You may contact the Oracle Linux team at oraclelinux-info_ww_grp@oracle.com or post your questions and comments on the Oracle Linux and UEK Preview Space on the Oracle Community.

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