Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released!

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Today marks an exciting milestone for Red Hat as we share news of the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, the latest major release of the flagship platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 not only lays the foundation for the open hybrid cloud and serves enterprise workloads across converged infrastructures; it pushes the operating system beyond today’s position as a commodity platform. Built to meet modern datacenter demands along with next-generation IT requirements, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 powers the spectrum of enterprise IT, from application containers to cloud services.

With today’s announcement, we invite Red Hat customers, partners, and members of the public to join the Red Hat hosted virtual event, Redefining the Enterprise OS, at 11 a.m. EDT today at to learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 offers customers agility and flexibility to meet new requirements head-on without increasing complexity, from rapidly delivering new applications via secure, lightweight containers to scaling infrastructure to meet big data requirements with new and enhanced file systems. Key Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 features to address future IT needs include:

  • Enhanced application development, delivery, portability and isolation through Linux Containers, including Docker, across physical, virtual, and cloud deployments as well as development, test and production environments.
  • Significant file system improvements, including XFS as the default file system, scaling to 500 TB.
  • Cross-realm trust to easily enable secure access for Microsoft Active Directory users across Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux domains, providing the flexibility for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to co-exist within heterogeneous datacenters.
  • Powerful and secure application runtimes and development, delivery and troubleshooting tools, integrated into the platform and container-ready.

While serving as a catalyst for enterprise innovation, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 also delivers the military-grade security, mission-critical reliability, as well as the performance, and ease-of-use capabilities to efficiently “keep the lights on,” including:

  • Innovative infrastructure components like systemd, a new standard for modernizing the management of processes, services, security and other resources.
  • Built-in performance profiles, tuning and instrumentation for optimized performance and easy scalability.
  • Unified management tooling and an industry-standard management framework with OpenLMI for streamlined administration and system configuration.
  • Enhanced application isolation and security applied via containerization to protect against both unintentional interference and malicious attacks.

Since its introduction more than a decade ago, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, and it has set industry standards for performance and security while continuously innovating and evolving. Today, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a leading force in the enterprise datacenter and in the cloud. More than 90 percent of 2013 Fortune 500 companies, along with organizations in nearly every industry and around the globe, rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 answers the heterogeneous realities of modern enterprise IT with a cohesive, unified foundation that enables customers to balance modern demands while reaping the benefits of computing innovation, like Linux Containers and big data, across physical systems, virtual machines and the cloud – the open hybrid cloud.

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Hey all, I've also tried to update as much information from the Beta FAQ for GA:

Thanks Andrius!

I also noticed for those people who might want to use ext4 - it seems it will go to 50TB instead of 16TB.

Looking forward to trying XFS.


Thanks for putting this together.

There is a minor error with the link text "To get you going, there is Get Started with RHEL 7 Containers in Docker."

It should actually be "Get Started with Docker Containers in RHEL 7"


"Many commands wither now have new default or deprecated options," I gather should be "either"


Nice FAQ page you made!

Checking out the video you cited on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 - Installer: Active Directory Integration.

Thanks/Kind Regards,


I have been digging through much of the documentation to find more information on the use of 'realm' to join a RHEL 7 system to Active Directory.

The only bit I've found so far is in the Installation Guide, and limited to the kickstart area in Example 32.2 where it has a brief mention of joining to an active directory domain, but just in the kickstart area of the documentation:

========== begin excerpt/quote
- realm (optional)

  • Join an Active Directory or IPA domain. For more information about this command, see the join section of the realm (8) man page.
realm join domain [options ]

========== end excerpt/quote

  • There's a wonderful set of options to choose from there.

I made mention in the comments are of the RHEL 7 installation guide documentation that it would be nice to have some area that makes mention of joining to a domain for pre-existing systems
(granted, no one has built any with the newly-released RHEL 7, but at some point they will join existing systems to an active-directory domain)

Sometimes (for instance), a stand-alone system would be later joined to a domain with authentication (such as active directory now that the 'realm' feature exists).

Thanks much Andrius!

Installed rhel 7 workstation. Want to add flash for Firefox and Thunderbird for email. What additional repos are okay with rhel 7 at this point?

Firefox plug-in should still be in RHEL 7 Supplementary (same way as RHEL 6), but Thunderbird was moved to EPEL 7 (see:Where is Mozilla Thunderbird?

And, hopefully, the RHEL 7 STIGs will get sorted on a more timely basis than the RHEL 6 ones did (those went final late spring of 2013!). Then again, given the number of RHEL 5 apps that aren't even certified on RHEL 6 yet, I can't imagine when we'll be able to look at RHEL 7 (unless RedHat's been aggressively working with software vendors to do early certification of EL7).


+1. As keen as I am to get RHEL 7 rolled out, waiting on vendors to certify for RHEL 7 and waiting on security standards to be developed will mean I likely won't be deploying for another 6-9 months at a minimum.

Interested to know how long the RHCE/RHCA courses will take to be updated too.

The presentation was merely a sales pitch.
Let me check out the Release notes.

ALL: If you have a separate question, please create a new discussion instead of adding them all here as comments. thanks!