Red Hat Enterprise Linux Application Compatibility Policies

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Environment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (all versions)

Issue

  • Does Red Hat have a stability/compatibility policy?

  • How does Red Hat upgrade packages within a minor release or within a major release?

  • Is it acceptable to develop standard user-mode applications written in either C or C++ under one major release and then to deploy the binary images under another major release?

Resolution

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Compatibility Policies

This document provides an overview of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Application Compatibility Policies and provides helpful links to more detailed references.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

High-level Development Guidance

Developing C and C++ applications in RHEL 8 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 | Red Hat Customer Portal

Application Compatibility Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8: Application Compatibility Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

High-level Development Guidance

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Developer Guide

Application Compatibility Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: Application Compatibility GUIDE

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Releases in Extended Life Phase

It is strongly recommended not to conduct any new development efforts on Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases that are in their Extended Life Phase. For example, as per the Extended Life Phase definition in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle policy “... No bug fixes, security fixes, hardware enablement or root-cause analysis will be available during this phase, and support will be provided on existing installations only.”

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

High-level Development Guidance

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Developer Guide

Application Compatibility Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Application Compatibility Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

Application Compatibility Guides

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not available
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Application Compatibility

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Note that from RHEL7 onwards, compatibility is specified on a more finely-grained basis. Please refer to the package lists in the referenced document for full details: https://access.redhat.com/articles/rhel-abi-compatibility