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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Enters Beta with Improved Security, New System Roles

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 promises to be yet another hefty update to the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series, improving IT security and compliance with new security profiles, updating the developer tools, and adding new Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Roles to enforce remote work strategies.

Security is always important, and Linux-based operating systems are known to be the most secure and virus-free. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 introduces new SCAP profiles for the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

These promise to bring a new layer of security configurations that IT administrators need to meet strict compliance requirements in both commercial and healthcare environments.

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Direct: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta now available, delivers production stability plus enterprise innovation

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Hits Beta

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Hits Beta With New/Updated Application Streams

    Red Hat has announced the public beta of the forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 release.

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 is bringing new system roles for logging and for metrics, a new profile for HIPAA compliance in the healthcare space, updates to performance tools and debuggers, and a variety of other updates.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta released

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta released

    The beta will work on all major RHEL architectures. These are AMD and Intel 64-bit, 64-bit ARM, IBM Power, and IBM Z. On the AMD architecture, RHEL now supports Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV). On every platform, RHEL 8.3 beta uses the 4.18.0-221 Linux kernel.

    As is usually the case, this new RHEL 8 mostly features developer updates. These come, beginning with RHEL 8, in Application Streams. These bundle together up-to-date programming tools and libraries with the underlying base operating system programs. The result is developers get the newest tools, while, simultaneously, administrators retain the same foundation operating system for better operational stability.

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    RHEL 8.3 beta also comes with new security profiles. Specifically, it now supports the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) profiles. These provide you with pre-set security best practices. Finally, the beta also adds a System Role for Network-Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE) to help add disk encryption configuration consistency and repeatability.

    Want to start checking it out? RHEL 8.3 beta is now accessible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers via the Red Hat customer portal and as part of the no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Subscription.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Beta Released

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Beta Released

    Red Hat today announced the beta availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 (RHEL 8.3), the latest minor release of the RHEL 8 platform. The RHEL 8.3 beta keeps the open-source software provider on track to provide a predictable six month release cadence for minor updates. This update includes new security profiles, updated and expanded RHEL System Roles, and updated developer tools via Application Streams.

    The Application Streams (AppStreams) repository, introduced to RHEL 8 in 2018, allows Red Hat to deliver components as modules, which are collections of packages representing logical units--say, an application, a language stack, a database, or a set of tools. These packages are built, tested, and released together.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Beta Now Available

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Beta Now Available

    Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta, which focuses primarily on delivering updated stable and supported developer tools, new RHEL System Roles for logging and environmental metrics and several new security profiles to improve IT security and compliance stances.

    To provide access to many of the latest, stable open source tools and utilities, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta features new and updated Application Streams. These include Git 2.26, NGINX 1.18, Node.js v14, Perl 5.30, PHP 7.4 and Ruby 2.7.

The Beta Version Of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3

  • The Beta Version Of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3 Is Now Available

    Another new feature of RHEL 8.3 beta is the addition of security profiles for the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). System administrators can use these new SCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) profiles to configure their RHEL systems based on best security practices and standards.

    For a full list of new features, improvements, and fixes, you can read the RHEL 8.3 beta release notes.

    If you have an active subscription for RHEL, you can directly try RHEL 8.3 beta from Red Hat’s Customer Portal. Or else you can download it from developer.redhat.com where it’s available as part of the no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer Subscription.

Red Hat opens barriers for RHEL 8.3 beta

  • From a trickle to an Application Stream: Red Hat opens barriers for RHEL 8.3 beta

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3 has hit beta, with security and production stability pointed to as key goals for the update.

    RHEL 8.0 was released in May 2019 and introduced the concept of "Application Streams", based on a separate repository dedicated to "all the applications you might want to run in a given userspace" including tools, runtimes, database managers and web servers. The smart piece is that there are "multiple virtual repositories within one physical repository" so users can fix on a particular version of an application but still get security and bug updates.

    Another key feature in RHEL is System Roles, which are Ansible modules for configuring the system. System Roles were introduced (in preview at the time) in RHEL 7.4. Ansible is Red Hat's automation platform.

    The release cycle for RHEL provides for new minor releases every six months. RHEL 8.1 appeared in November 2019 with live kernel patching, and RHEL 8.2 in April this year with a new application stream for Red Hat container tools. We can therefore expect RHEL 8.3 to be generally available around three months from now.

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