Announcing Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta Release

January 9, 2020 | 2 minute read
Simon Coter
Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management
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We are pleased to announce the availability of the Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta release for the 64-bit Intel and AMD (x86_64) and 64-bit Arm (aarch64) platforms. Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta is an updated release that include bug fixes, security fixes and enhancements. It is fully binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Update 8 Beta. Updates include:

  • A revised protection profile for General Purpose Operating Systems (OSPP) in the SCAP Security Guide packages
  • 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.

The Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta Releases includes the following kernel packages:

  • kernel-uek-4.14.35-1902.7.3.1 for x86_64 an d aarch64 platforms - The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5, which is the default kernel.

  • kernel-3.10.0-1101 for x86_64 platform - The latest Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK).

To get started with Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 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 8 on the Oracle Linux yum server or the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)

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

name=Oracle Linux $releasever Update 8 Beta ($basearch)

name=Oracle Linux $releasever Update 8 Beta ($basearch) Optional

If your instance is running on OCI, the value "$ociregion" will be automatically valued to use OCI local-region Yum Mirrors.

Modify the yum channel setting and enable the Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta channels. Then you perform the upgrade.

# yum update

After the upgrade is completed, reboot the system and you will have Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta running.

[root@v2v-app: ~]# cat /etc/oracle-release
Oracle Linux Server release 7.8

This release is provided for development and test purposes only and is not covered by Oracle Linux support. Oracle does not recommended using Beta releases in production.

Further technical details and known issues for Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta Release are available on Oracle Community - Oracle Linux and UEK Preview space.

We welcome your questions and feedback on Oracle Linux 7 Update 8 Beta Release. You may contact the Oracle Linux team at or post your questions and comments on the Oracle Linux and UEK Preview Space on the Oracle Community.

Simon Coter

Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

A 20-years Oracle veteran, Simon Coter is an experienced product manager and open source community member. He leads a team responsible for several Oracle Linux and Virtualization offerings, including Oracle Linux, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux, Oracle Cloud Native Environment, Oracle Linux KVM, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, Oracle Linux Automation Manager, Gluster, Oracle VM, and VirtualBox. Prior to this, Simon was a technical consultant focused on project management, architectures definition, sizing and implementation, best practices, and technical references for customers.

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