Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 is available as a single kit on the following architectures:
In this release, Red Hat brings together improvements for servers and systems, as well as for the overall Red Hat open source experience.
1.1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux for POWER, little endian
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 introduces little endian support on IBM Power Systems servers using IBM POWER8 processors. Previously in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, only the big endian variant was offered for IBM Power Systems. Support for little endian on POWER8-based servers aims to improve portability of applications between 64-bit Intel compatible systems (
x86_64) and IBM Power Systems.
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Separate installation media are offered for installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Power Systems servers in little endian mode. These media are available from the Red Hat Customer Portal
Only IBM POWER8 processor-based servers are supported with Red Hat Enterprise Linux for POWER, little endian.
Currently, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for POWER, little endian is supported only as a KVM guest under Red Hat Enteprise Virtualization for Power. Installation on bare metal hardware is currently not supported.
boot loader is used on the installation media and for network boot. The Installation Guide
has been updated with instructions for setting up a network boot server for IBM Power Systems clients using GRUB2
All software packages for IBM Power Systems are available for both the little endian and the big endian variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for POWER.
Packages built for Red Hat Enterprise Linux for POWER, little endian use the the
ppc64le architecture code - for example, gcc-4.8.3-9.ael7b.ppc64le.rpm.