The RHEL 6.8 has just been released and brings the following main benefits:
- it enhances security by replacing openswan with libreswan as VPN endpoint solution,
- it makes integration with Active Directory easier through SSSD improvements (cached authentication lookup, authentication via smart cards) and support for adcli,
- it adds the new system archiving tool, Relax-and-Recover, enabling systems administrators to create local backups in an ISO format, simplifying disaster recovery operations,
- it now supports xfs filesystem sizes up to 300TB through the Scalable File System Add-on.
With the RHEL 6.8 release, this also marks the transition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 into Production Phase 2. According to Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle, this mainly means:
- no additions of new functionality beyond correcting defects,
- no implementation of previously existing features on a new hardware generation.
Rumors about Btrfs being deprecated are false and are only due to a poor wording in the technical notes.
Finally, you will find all the details in the RHEL 6.8 Releases Notes & RHEL 6.8 Technical Notes.