New features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2

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© Lead Image © Oleksandr Rozdobudko,

© Lead Image © Oleksandr Rozdobudko,

Article from Issue 239/2020

RHEL 8.2 comes with many new features, ranging from the kernel, through security and networking, to the desktop.

In mid-April, just before the virtual Red Hat Summit 2020 (Figure 1), Red Hat announced an update of its flagship Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution. If you want to read the real news about RHEL 8.2 from the press release [1], you have to fight your way through a thick fog of marketing phrases and buzzwords. You'll find references to "shifting global dynamics," as well as the "interconnected nature of the hybrid cloud era," and, of course, COVID-19, which somehow makes everything else even more urgent.

According to the announcement, updates to the Red Hat Insights analysis platform will provide customers with such gifts as "new intelligent management and monitoring capabilities." The new release also promises "improved container tools" and a "smoother user experience for both Linux experts and newcomers."

Beyond the hype, however, the announcement does point to some concrete improvements that could make a difference for users and IT professionals.


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