We are pleased to announce the availability of the Oracle Linux 8 Beta release for the 64-bit Intel and AMD (x86_64) and 64-bit Arm (aarch64) platforms. Oracle Linux 8 Beta is a major release that introduces many new features, enhancements, and changes, and is fully binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta.
Oracle Linux 8 Beta includes DNF (Dandified yum), the modern replacement for the yum package manager as well as RPM changes, security feature updates, networking, high availability, and file system improvements, and enhanced developer tools, compilers, and scripting language support. Oracle Linux 8 Beta ships with the kernel-4.18.0-32.el8 Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK) package. For details of the new features, enhancements, and changes, refer to the Oracle Linux 8 Beta Release Notes.
Oracle Linux 8 Beta content is now distributed through the BaseOS and Application Stream (AppStream) repositories. The BaseOS repository includes the core set of RPM packages that are needed to run Oracle Linux. The AppStream repository contains modules, which are sets of RPMs that can or must be installed together, and includes packages that provide additional support for a variety of workloads, such as user-space applications, runtime languages, and databases. The beta release should be deployed and tested as a bundle as shipped on the Oracle provided installation image, as downgrading kernel packages is not supported.
If you are interested in trying out Oracle Linux 8 Beta, you can download the ISO from the Oracle Technology Network. We welcome your questions and feedback on Oracle Linux 8 Beta. You may contact the Oracle Linux team at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your questions and comments on the Oracle Linux and UEK Preview Space on the Oracle Community.
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