Announcing Oracle Linux 8 Update 1

November 15, 2019 | 3 minute read
Simon Coter
Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management
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Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 8 Update 1. 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 will soon be available via Oracle Container Registry and Docker Hub.

Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 ships with Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK) (kernel-4.18.0-147.el8) kernel packages for x86_64 Platform (Intel & AMD), that include bug fixes, security fixes, and enhancements; the 64-bit Arm (aarch64) platform is also available for installation as a developer preview release.

Notable new features for all architectures

  • Security
    • Udica package added
      • You can use udica to create a tailored security policy, for better control of how a container accesses host system resources. This capability enables you to harden container deployments against security violations.
    • SELinux
      • SELinux user-space tools have been updated to release 2.9
      • SETools collection and libraries have been updated to release 4.2.2
      • New boltd_t SELinux type added (used to manage Thunderbolt 3 devices)
      • New bpf SELinux policy added (used to control Berkeley Packet Filter)
      • SELinux policy packages have been updated to release 3.14.3
    • OpenSCAP
      • OpenSCAP packages have been updated to release 1.3.1
      • OpenSCAP includes SCAP 1.3 data stream version
      • scap-security-guide packages have been updated to release 0.1.44
    • OpenSSH have been updated to 8.0p1 release
  • Other
    • Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory
      • Memory Mode for the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory technology has been added; this technology is transparent to the operating system.
    • Database
      • Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 ships with version 8.0 of the MySQL database.
    • Cockpit Web Console
      • Capability for Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) configuration using the Cockpit web console. The ability to disable SMT in the Cockpit web console is also included. For further details please see Oracle Linux Simultaneous Multithreading Notice
      • Networking page updated with new firewall settings on the web console's Networking page
      • Several improvements to the Virtual Machines management page

Important changes in this release

  • virt-manager
    • The Virtual Machine Manager application (virt-manager) is deprecated in Oracle Linux 8 Update 1. Oracle recommends that you use the web console (Cockpit) for managing virtualization in a graphical user interface (GUI).
  • RHCK
    • Btrfs file system removed from RHCK.
    • OCFS2 file system removed from RHCK.
    • VDO Ansible module moved to Ansible packages; the VDO Ansible module is provided by the ansible package and is located in /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/ansible/modules/system/

Further information on Oracle Linux 8

For more details about these and other new features and changes, please consult the Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 Release Notes and Oracle Linux 8 Documentation.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Customers decide which of their systems require a support subscription. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for development, testing, and production systems. The customer decides which support coverage is best for each individual system while keeping all systems up to date and secure.

Customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support also receive support for additional Linux programs, including Gluster Storage, Oracle Linux Software Collections, and zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice.

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. To minimize impact on interoperability during releases, the Oracle Linux team works closely with third-party vendors for hardware and software that have dependencies on kernel modules.

For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit

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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