Linux News Today: Oracle Linux 7.2 Officially Released with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 3.18.13
Oracle has announced the release and general availability of the Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.2 operating system based on the freely distributed sources of the acclaimed Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) OS.
The second installment in the Oracle Linux 7 series ships with updated Linux kernel packages, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux compatible 3.10.0-327.el7 kernel and Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-98.6.1.el7uek), both available only for 64-bit (x86-64) hardware architectures and installed by default. The system boots into the UEK kernel.
“We’re happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 2, the second update release for Oracle Linux 7. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux Yum Server and ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud,” reads the announcement.
Here’s what’s new in Oracle Linux 7.2
Prominent features of Oracle Linux 7.2 include the latest MySQL 5.6 Community Edition database server, which users can install directly into the OS using the Anaconda kickstart or installer, support for configuring the kdump package during text-mode installations, and OpenSCAP 1.2.5 open-source SCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) framework.
Furthermore, the makedumpfile has been updated to let users use the sadump format for kernel dumps that contain over 16TB of physical memory. Of course, numerous issues reported by users since the previous release of the operating system, Oracle Linux 7.1, have been resolved, and several other miscellaneous under-the-hood improvements have been added.
You can download the Oracle Linux 7.2 ISO images right now from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud or via Softpedia. Also, please note that the Oracle Linux Yum Server and Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) now deliver the individual RPM packages of Oracle Linux 7.2. All users are urged to update as soon as possible.