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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.5 released

On November 9th 2021 Red Hat released RHEL 8.5 the fourth service pack for their leading Linux enterprise version. This is an intermediate release but it has a few interesting features, which may be the reason to upgrade to this version. 

The kernel level for RHEL 8.5 is kernel-4.18.0-348.el8. Since RHEL 8.3 it’s now the third version with full support as KVM host and guest. 

Here are a few highlights of the new features:

  • .NET 6 : Finally System Z is fully supported – both as rpm or als a container base image. No more extra support contracts or special arrangements. For me this is the biggest enhancement in this release. 
  • OpenJDK 17
  • NodeJS 16
  • gcc toolset 11

Here is my usual summary of links to more information:

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