Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a Linux distribution developed by Red Hat and targeted toward the commercial market. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is released in server editions for x86, x86_64, Itanium, PowerPC and IBM System z architectures, and desktop editions for x86 and x86_64 processors. All of Red Hat’s official support and training and the Red Hat Certification Program centres around the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. Red Hat uses strict trademark rules to restrict free re-distribution of its officially supported versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but still freely provides its source code. Third-party derivatives can be built and redistributed by stripping away non-free components.
Red Hat has published a beta for the upcoming release of version 8.4. The new beta offers updated development and more useful data visualization tools. The company’s release announcement reads: “We’re pleased to announce the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4, the latest version of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform. Key enhancements and new features for RHEL 8.4 beta include: simpler, more flexible hybrid cloud adoption with improved subscription portability across cloud and on-premise environments as well as greater visibility into subscription deployments across hybrid cloud estates at scale; extended proactive management with new capabilities through Red Hat Insights services, including threat intelligence and security compliance reporting and subscription management, available wherever RHEL 8.4 beta is deployed; more powerful data visualization features that can create simpler views of complex system performance data thanks to the RHEL web console, Grafana dashboard and Red Hat Performance Co-Pilot. Further updates in RHEL 8.4 add new curated programming languages and development tools through Application Streams, deeper integration with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and enhancements to Red Hat Performance Co-Pilot for easier real-time management and visualization.” The latest beta can be download through the company’s Customer Portal.