BETA RELEASE: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 2 released

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) Beta 2.

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) Beta 2.

The company says that RHEL 5, which will be released in early 2007, will provide the latest open source technologies for improved performance, security, and flexibility.

Red Hat claims that RHEL 5 will deliver comprehensive integration that will significantly raise the bar for commercial-strength Linux virtualization in an x86 server environment.

The new version's biggest change is the inclusion of Xen virtualization software, which lets a machine run multiple operating systems simultaneously to increase efficiency. It also includes support for quad-core processors, better Laptop support, and improvements to the SELinux software.

RHEL 5 Beta 2 incorporates a new, fully integrated server and storage virtualization solution. This release enables an integrated virtualization solution by coupling server virtualization with Red Hat s clustering support.

Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Red Hat, said, "The release of RHEL 5 Beta 2 is a great indicator for customers on what to expect in our next release. Integrating technologies such as virtualization is challenging and exciting, and the resulting product will enable customers to utilize their systems more effectively than ever before. We continue to drive down costs by optimizing performance, manageability, and availability. Other customer-driven innovations, such as security, are inherent to our development model."

Meanwhile, customers and partners can now download RHEL 5 Beta 2 to deploy pilots for production environments.

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