Yesterday, Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. This is a big release that brings several new and improved features.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 now includes Docker 1.0. Docker allows you to build and run applications inside containers. This is very useful as it makes your application portable, and allows you to take the container and run it on any system that has Docker.

XFS is replacing ext4 as the default file system on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. This allows you to create volumes up to 500TB in size.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is shipping with the Linux kernel version 3.10. This brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux out of the 2.6 days.

GNOME 3 has also become the default desktop on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Another major change with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is the move from SysV and Upstart to systemd. Red Hat says that systemd offers several features including:

Aggressive parallelization capabilities;

Use of socket and D-Bus activation for starting services;

On-demand starting of daemons;

Managing of control groups;

Creating of system state snapshots and restoring of the system state.

Overall, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is a great release that fits very well in any enterprise setting.

If you’d like to read about all the new and improved features Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 brings, head over to the release notes

If you think Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is right for you and your enterprise, head over to Red Hat’s website and pickup a subscription.

Sources: Red Hat

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