Fri. Dec 13th, 2019

Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 releases: an enterprise-class Linux distribution

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Oracle Linux (OL, formerly known as Oracle Enterprise Linux) is a Linux distribution packaged and freely distributed by Oracle, available partially under the GNU General Public License since late 2006. It is compiled from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) source code, replacing Red Hat branding with Oracle’s. It is also used by Oracle Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exadata and others.

Potential users can freely download Oracle Linux through Oracle’s E-delivery service (Oracle Software Delivery Cloud) or from a variety of mirror sites, and can deploy and distribute it without cost.The company’s Oracle Linux Support program aims to provide commercial technical support, covering Oracle Linux and existing RHEL or CentOS installations but without any certification from the former (i.e. without re-installation or re-boot). via_Wiki

Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 releases.


Notable new features for all architectures

  • Security
    • Udica package added
      • You can use udica to create a tailored security policy, for better control of how a container accesses host system resources. This capability enables you to harden container deployments against security violations.
    • SELinux
      • SELinux user-space tools have been updated to release 2.9
      • SETools collection and libraries have been updated to release 4.2.2
      • New boltd_t SELinux type added (used to manage Thunderbolt 3 devices)
      • New bpf SELinux policy added (used to control Berkeley Packet Filter)
      • SELinux policy packages have been updated to release 3.14.3
    • OpenSCAP
      • OpenSCAP packages have been updated to release 1.3.1
      • OpenSCAP includes SCAP 1.3 data stream version
      • scap-security-guide packages have been updated to release 0.1.44
    • OpenSSH have been updated to 8.0p1 release
  • Other
    • Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory
      • Memory Mode for the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory technology has been added; this technology is transparent to the operating system.
    • Database
      • Oracle Linux 8 Update 1 ships with version 8.0 of the MySQL database.
    • Cockpit Web Console
      • Capability for Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) configuration using the Cockpit web console. The ability to disable SMT in the Cockpit web console is also included. For further details please see Oracle Linux Simultaneous Multithreading Notice
      • Networking page updated with new firewall settings on the web console’s Networking page
      • Several improvements to the Virtual Machines management page

Important changes in this release

  • virt-manager
    • The Virtual Machine Manager application (virt-manager) is deprecated in Oracle Linux 8 Update 1. Oracle recommends that you use the web console (Cockpit) for managing virtualization in a graphical user interface (GUI).
  • RHCK
    • Btrfs file system removed from RHCK.
    • OCFS2 file system removed from RHCK.
    • VDO Ansible module moved to Ansible packages; the VDO Ansible module is provided by the ansible package and is located in /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/ansible/modules/system/