Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Redhot Release Modern IT is hybrid IT. But turning a sprawling ecosystem—from traditional data centers to public cloud services

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Redhot Release

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Redhot Release Modern IT is hybrid IT. But turning a sprawling ecosystem—from traditional data centers to public cloud services—into a true hybrid environment requires a few things. Scaling as needed. Moving workloads seamlessly. Developing and managing applications that run anywhere. There's an operating system that makes those things possible. And now it gives you predictive analytics and remediation. That's Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 8.

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Because what you do today sets the stage for what you can do tomorrow.


Cutting edge meets enterprise–grade

Empower your organizations' developers and engineers to build innovative new technologies, like machine learning and smart analytics.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 has key features—from container tools to GPU support—to deploy tomorrow's technology, today.

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Chapter 1. Overview

Based on Fedora 28 and the upstream kernel 4.18, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0 provides users with a stable, secure, consistent foundation across hybrid cloud deployments with the tools needed to support traditional and emerging workloads. Highlights of the release include:


  • Content is available through the BaseOS and Application Stream (AppStream) repositories.
  • The AppStream repository supports a new extension of the traditional RPM format - modules. This allows for multiple major versions of a component to be available for install.

See Chapter 3, Distribution of content in RHEL 8 for more information.

Software Management

  • The YUM package manager is now based on the DNF technology and it provides support for modular content, increased performance, and a well-designed stable API for integration with tooling.

See Section 4.4, “Software management” for more details.

Shells and command-line tools

  • RHEL 8 provides the following version control systemsGit 2.18Mercurial 4.8, and Subversion 1.10.

See Section 4.6, “Shells and command-line tools” for details.

Dynamic programming languages, web and database servers

  • Python 3.6 is the default Python implementation in RHEL 8; limited support for Python 2.7 is provided. No version of Python is installed by default.
  • Node.js is new in RHEL. Other dynamic programming languageshave been updated since RHEL 7: PHP 7.2, Ruby 2.5Perl 5.26SWIG 3.0 are now available.
  • The following database servers are distributed with RHEL 8: MariaDB 10.3MySQL 8.0PostgreSQL 10PostgreSQL 9.6, and Redis 5.
  • RHEL 8 provides the Apache HTTP Server 2.4 and introduces a new web servernginx 1.14.
  • Squid has been updated to version 4.4, and a new proxy caching server is now included: Varnish Cache 6.0.

See Section 4.7, “Dynamic programming languages, web and database servers” for more information.

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