RHEL 6.6 beta is re­leased; draws ma­jor in­spi­ra­tion from RHEL 7

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Just so RHEL 6.x users (who wish to con­tinue with this branch of the dis­tri­bu­tion for a bit longer) don’t feel left out, Red Hat has launched a beta re­lease of its Red Hat En­ter­prise Linux 6.6 (RHEL 6.6) plat­form. Tak­ing much of its in­spi­ra­tion from the re­cently re­leased RHEL 7, the move is di­rected to­wards RHEL 6.x users so that they ben­e­fit from new plat­form fea­tures. At the same time, it comes with some real cool fea­tures that are quite in­de­pen­dent of RHEL 7 and which make 6.6 beta stand out on its own mer­its. Red Hat of­fers Ap­pli­ca­tion Bi­nary In­ter­face (ABI) com­pat­i­bil­ity for RHEL for a pe­riod of ten years, so tech­ni­cally speak­ing, it can­not dras­ti­cally change ma­jor el­e­ments of an in-pro­duc­tion re­lease. Quite sim­ply put, it can’t and won’t change an in-pro­duc­tion re­lease in a way that could al­ter sta­bil­ity or ex­ist­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity. This would even­tu­ally mean that the new re­lease on of­fer can­not go much against the tide with re­spect to RHEL 6. Although the fea­ture list for RHEL 6.6 beta ties in closely with the fea­ture list of the ma­jor re­lease (6.0), it doesn’t mean RHEL 6.6 beta is sim­ply old wine served in a new bot­tle. It does man­age to in­tro­duce some key im­prove­ments for RHEL 6.x users. To be­gin with, RHEL 6.6 beta in­cludes some fea­tures that were first in­tro­duced with RHEL 7, the most no­table be­ing Per­for­mance Co-Pi­lot (PCP). The new beta re­lease will also of­fer RHEL 6.x users more in­te­grated Re­mote Di­rect Mem­ory Ac­cess (RDMA) ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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