Chapter 17. General Updates


Matahari in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 is fully supported only for x86 and AMD64 architectures. Builds for other architectures are considered a Technology Preview.

Automatic Bug Reporting Tool

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 introduces ABRT 2.0. ABRT logs details of software crashes on a local system, and provides interfaces (both graphical and command line based) to report issues to various issue trackers, including Red Hat support. This update provides the following notable enhancements:

  • More flexible configuration with a new syntax.
  • Out-ouf-process plugins (plugins run in separate processes and communicate via inter-process communication with other processes). Advantages of such a design are:
    • bugs in plugins do not break the main daemon,
    • more secure as most of the processing is now done under the normal (non-root) user,
    • plugins can be written in any programming language.
  • Reporting backend is shared across all of Red Hat's issue reporting tools:
    • ABRT, sealert, all users of python-meh (Anaconda, firstboot)
    • Because all of the tools above share the same configuration, it only has to be written once.


For more information on ABRT configuration and its new syntax, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Deployment Guide.
Optimized math library for Linux on IBM System z

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 provides an optimized linear algebra math library for Linux on System z which enables the compiler to generate code for high profile functions, taking advantage of the latest hardware functions.

Improved tablet support

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 improves support for Wacom devices. It is no longer necessary to reconfigure device settings after a device has been unplugged and plugged back in.

Improved wireless detection

NetworkManager can now scan wireless networks in the background, providing a better user experience.

Increase in CPU support in GNOME

The gnome-system-monitor utility can now monitor systems that have more than 64 CPUs.