Red Hat has made available Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.9, the latest point release for its RHEL 5 platform that moves it into Production Phase 2 of the enterprise support life cycle, including new hardware support.
The RHEL 5 platform is now over five years old, and has since been superseded by RHEL 6, which launched at the end of 2010.
However, as key enterprise software, both are backed by 10 years of Production Phase support from Red Hat, followed by a three-year Extended Life Phase, and many of the firm's subscribers are still using the older release.
"Our goal with each version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is always to provide a highly flexible and extendable platform that continues to grow with the evolving needs of our customers," said Red Hat's Platform Business Unit vice president Jim Totton.
As part of Production Phase 2, RHEL 5.9 adds updated hardware support, where this does not require substantial changes to the underlying platform. This includes support for newer processors, system chipsets and device drivers, the firm said.
This update also tightens security controls, such as the ability to verify and check the robustness of new passwords, and adds Microsoft Hyper-V drivers to provide better support for RHEL as a guest operating system in virtual environments.
Other enhancements consist of developer support for the latest version of open source Java available through OpenJDK 7, while Samba has been updated to version 3.6, including SMB2 support, a reworked print server and security improvements.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 can be downloaded from Red Hat's customer portal.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.