RHEL 6.8 just released.

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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.

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