Beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1
Less than five months after releasing Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0, Linux distributor Red Hat has now announced the beta phase of the first RHEL6 update. As usual in this phase of the RHEL version families' seven to ten-year life cycle, minor release 6.1 offers not only bug fixes and minor improvements, but also various new functions and hardware drivers.
Red Hat says that reducing overheads has, for example, improved the distribution's virtualisation performance. The distributor also notes that it has extended the control group's functionality. From 6.1, the High Availability add-on will reportedly offer failover handling functions for KVM guest systems. The beta's new and improved drivers include particularly many network, storage and graphics hardware drivers; for example, RHEL 6.1 offers a driver for the graphics chip included in the Sandy Bridge processors Intel introduced at the beginning of the year. Red Hat has also promised PCI Express 3.0 support.
A detailed overview of all RHEL 6.1 advancements is available in the release notes and a short overview is provided in a blog posting. On its blog, the company also lists various internal test results according to which RHEL6 offers considerably better storage performance than previous versions. Additionally, the company advertised the Red Hat Summit, to be held in Boston in early May, where numerous presentations are reportedly scheduled to discuss RHEL 6.