Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2

Open source vendor Red Hat has released version 6.2 of its Linux distribution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This version is the follow-up of version 6.1 which was released in May this year.

Version 6.2 consolidates all patches, enhancements and security updates released after version 6.1. Some of the new features provided are:

  • PCI-e 3.0 and USB 3.0 support
  • Ability to set upper limits for CPU consumption providing better overall control of CPU allocation
  • Introduction of Control Groups (cgroups), which are used to create and manage slices of computing resources for specific processes. cgroups can be used as part of SLA management.
  • Inclusion of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 beta, announced in August this year, which will leverage the RHEL enhancements
  • KVM, Virtual CPU timeslice sharing for multiprocessor guests
  • KVM, reduced network related CPU utilization on the host
  • Enhanced network drivers in KVM which process UDP traffic faster
  • Ability to monitor and audit the entire boot sequence including the boot process before a guest is actually booted
  • Linux Container virtualization technology, in Technology Preview status providing application level containers.