The last minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, RHEL 7.9, is now available. The new release comes with the live-patch program Kpatch, making it possible to update your RHEL 7 kernels "live" without rebooting. Other features:
- The ability to do in-place upgrades with LEAPP, a command-line interface (CLI) program
- A security content automation protocol (SCAP) profile for the Center for Information Security (CIS) benchmark
- RHEL 7.9 will be supported until June 30, 2024, so developers have time to migrate from RHEL 7.
- RHEL 7 is now entering the Maintenance Support 2 phase, wherein Red Hat will release Red Hat-defined Critical and Important impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and some Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.0 was first released in 2014.