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The Benefits and Features of Red Hat Linux Version 8 and How to Download It

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Red Hat Linux Version 8 Download


Chances are that you might have heard that RHEL 8 comes at a cost and because of that, you might have opted to go for CentOS 8 instead. The good news is that you can download RHEL 8 for free and enjoy free annual subscriptions at absolutely no cost! Cool right?

Thereafter, head out to the RHEL 8 download page and download the RHEL 8 ISO file for free. Once you have downloaded the ISO image, you can choose to create a bootable USB drive using Rufus or any other utility of your choice.

What the purpose for Red Hat to allow us to download free and use their OS as this product is considered a commercial one? AFAIK, Red Hat allows us to download Redhat OS free for developers but I supposed this privilege for 1 year only.

Application Streams make a wide selection of open source tools, including languages, runtimes, databases, and web servers, ready to be installed with a single command. Through Application Streams, you can pick the version of tools you need for your project and easily switch if necessary.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 includes Application Streams of multiple versions of languages, compilers, databases, and other tools available - all are part of the subscription. The following components are currently available within RHEL 8:

PostgreSQL is available on these platforms by default. However,each version of the platform normally "snapshots" a specific version ofPostgreSQL that is then supported throughout the lifetime of this platform.Since this can often mean a different version than preferred, the PostgreSQLproject provides a repository of packages of allsupported versions for the most common distributions.

The PostgreSQL Yum Repository will integratewith your normal systems and patch management, and provide automaticupdates for all supported versions of PostgreSQL throughout the supportlifetime of PostgreSQL.

Older versions of Docker were called docker or docker-engine. If these areinstalled, uninstall them, along with associated dependencies. Also uninstall Podman and the associated dependencies if installed already.

Some users download the RPM package andinstall it manually and manageupgrades completely manually. This is useful in situations such as installingDocker on air-gapped systems with no access to the internet.

b. Install a specific version by its fully qualified package name, which is the package name (docker-ce) plus the version string (2nd column) starting at the first colon (:), up to the first hyphen, separated by a hyphen (-). For example, docker-ce-20.10.7.

Since EPEL is part of the Fedora project, you can search the available packages in theFedora Packages web app.This provides an overview of available versions across various EPEL branches.If you find a package that is not yet available in the EPEL branch you would like it to be,please follow this guide to request it.

EPEL has an 'epel-release' package that includes GPG keys for packagesigning and repository information. Installing this package for yourEnterprise Linux version should allow you to use normal tools such asyum to install packages and their dependencies. By default the stableEPEL repo is enabled, there is also a 'epel-testing'repository that contains packages that are not yet deemed stable.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a commercial open-source Linux distribution developed by Red Hat for the commercial market. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is released in server versions for x86-64, Power ISA, ARM64, and IBM Z and a desktop version for x86-64. Fedora Linux serves as its upstream source. All of Red Hat's official support and training, together with the Red Hat Certification Program, focuses on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

The first version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to bear the name originally came onto the market as "Red Hat Linux Advanced Server". In 2003, Red Hat rebranded Red Hat Linux Advanced Server to "Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS" and added two more variants, Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES and Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS.

Red Hat uses strict trademark rules to restrict free re-distribution of their officially supported versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux[6] but still freely provides its source code. Third-party derivatives can be built and redistributed by stripping away non-free components like Red Hat's trademarks. Examples include community-supported distributions like Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux, and commercial forks like Oracle Linux.

Originally, Red Hat sold boxed versions of Red Hat Linux directly to consumers and business through phone support. The Fedora Project began in 2002 as a set of community supported packages for Red Hat Linux. However, the six month release cycle of Red Hat Linux was too disruptive for business users and Red Hat wanted a more reliable revenue stream. In 2002 Red Hat began releasing Red Hat Enterprise Linux based on Red Hat Linux, but with a much more conservative release cycle and a subscription based support program. A year later, Red Hat discontinued the Red Hat Linux product line, merging it with the Fedora community packages and releasing the resulting Fedora distribution for free.[13]

Fedora now serves as upstream for future versions of RHEL: RHEL trees are forked off the Fedora repository, and released after a substantial stabilization and quality assurance effort.[14] For example, RHEL 6 was forked from Fedora at the end of 2009 (approximately at the time of the Fedora 12 release) and released more or less together with Fedora 14. By the time RHEL 6 was released, many features from Fedora 13 and 14 had already been backported into it. The Fedora Project lists the following lineages for older Red Hat Enterprise releases:[14]

Originally, Red Hat's enterprise product, then known as Red Hat Linux, was made freely available to anybody who wished to download it, while Red Hat made money from support. Red Hat then moved towards splitting its product line into Red Hat Enterprise Linux which was designed to be stable and with long-term support for enterprise users and Fedora as the community distribution and project sponsored by Red Hat. The use of trademarks prevents verbatim copying of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Since Red Hat Enterprise Linux is based completely on free and open source software, Red Hat makes available the complete source code to its enterprise distribution through its FTP site to anybody who wants it. Accordingly, several groups have taken this source code and compiled their own versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, typically with the only changes being the removal of any references to Red Hat's trademarks and pointing the update systems to non-Red Hat servers. Groups which have undertaken this include AlmaLinux, CentOS, MIRACLE LINUX, Oracle Linux, CloudLinux OS, Rocky Linux, Scientific Linux, StartCom Enterprise Linux, Pie Box Enterprise Linux, X/OS, Lineox, and Bull's XBAS for high-performance computing.[19] All provide a free mechanism for applying updates without paying a service fee to the distributor.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 was announced at Red Hat Summit on May 10, 2022 and was officially released on May 17, 2022 (2022-05-17).[24] In this version of the system introduced a Linux Kernel 5.14.0 and Gnome 40.

The life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is at least seven years for versions 3 and 4, and spans at least 10 years for versions 5, 6, 7 and 8. The life cycle comprises several phases of varying length with different degrees of support. During the first phase ("Production 1"), Red Hat provides full support and updates software and hardware drivers. In later phases ("Production 2" and "Production 3"), only security and other important fixes are provided and support for new hardware is gradually reduced.[52]

In the last years of the support lifecycle (after seven years for version 4 and earlier, and after 10 years for version 5 and later), critical and security-related fixes are only provided to customers who pay an additional subscription ("Extended Lifecycle Support Add-On") that is available for versions 3, 4 and 5, and covers a limited number of packages.[53] Red Hat only supports major version upgrades from version 6 to version 7 and from version 7 to version 8.[54]

To maintain a stable application binary interface (ABI), Red Hat does not update the kernel version, but instead backports new features to the same kernel version with which a particular version of RHEL has been released. New features are backported throughout the Production 1 phase of the RHEL lifecycle.[59] Consequently, RHEL may use a Linux kernel with a dated version number, yet the kernel is up-to-date regarding not only security fixes, but also certain features.[60] One specific example is the .mw-parser-output .monospacedfont-family:monospace,monospaceSO_REUSEPORT socket option which was added to Linux kernel 3.9, and was subsequently backported and became available since RHEL 6.5, which uses version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel.[61][62][63]

The Extended Update Support (EUS) allows an organization / company to choose when they change to a new minor version. For the first 6 months of the EUS channel / yum repo, features may be added, but then the channel is locked down so that only bug and security fixes are patched. The organization / company then has 24 months to move to a new EUS branch. EUS allows the organization / company to stay on a minor version if required by a third party application which is only tested with a particular minor version of RHEL, such as Oracle Database, IBM Db2, IBM Cloud Orchestrator, Hortonworks. There may also be extra costs associated with using the EUS repos/channels depending on the agreement the organization / company has with Red Hat.[64] For more information on what is Included/Excluded from the EUS see.[64]


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