New Oracle Linux developer preview releases now available

April 20, 2023 | 2 minute read
Simon Coter
Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management
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Oracle announces developer preview releases of Oracle Linux 9 Update 2 and Oracle Linux 8 Update 8 for the 64-bit Intel and AMD (x86_64) and 64-bit Arm (aarch64) platforms.

What's New

These Oracle Linux developer preview releases include enhanced development tools, an improved web management console, and updated tools for microservices development.

  • New web-server option with Nginx 1.22, able to leverage OpenSSL 3.0
  • Python 3.11, with enhanced performance
  • Co-Pilot 5.3.7 release, which allows performance metrics to be centrally logged for many hosts
  • Compiler toolset: GCC 12, LLVM 15, Rust 1.66, and Go 1.19

The latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) and Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK) releases are also included.

  • Oracle Linux 9 Update 2 developer preview
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 7 Update 1 - kernel-uek-5.15.0-100.96.32
    • Red Hat Compatible Kernel - kernel-5.14.0-283
  • Oracle Linux 8 Update 8 developer preview
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 7 Update 1 - kernel-uek-5.15.0-100.96.32
    • Red Hat Compatible Kernel - kernel-4.18.0-477

For details on the new features, enhancements, and changes, refer to the Oracle Linux 9 Developer Preview Release Notes and Oracle Linux 8 Developer Preview Release Notes.

Software Access and Download

Oracle Linux developer preview content is distributed through the following Yum repositories:

  • Base OS Developer - Developer preview of BaseOS Packages
  • AppStream Developer - Developer preview of Oracle Linux Application Stream Packages
  • CodeReady Builder Developer - Developer preview of Oracle Linux CodeReady Builder Packages
  • UEK Release 7 - UEK Release 7 for Oracle Linux

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 include packages that provide additional support for a variety of workloads, such as user space applications, runtime languages, and databases. The developer preview 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 exploring the Oracle Linux developer preview releases, you can download the ISO from the Developer preview download page. We welcome your questions and feedback. You may contact the Oracle Linux team at oraclelinux-info_ww_grp@oracle.com or post your questions and comments on GitHub Oracle Linux discussions.

Note: Oracle Linux 9 and Oracle Linux 8 developer preview releases should not be used in a production environment and are not supported.

For more information, visit the following links:

Simon Coter

Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

A 19-year 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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