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RHELvolution 2: A brief history of Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases from RHEL 6 to today

In the previous post, we looked at the history of Red Hat Enterprise Linux from pre-RHEL days through the rise of virtualization. In this one we'll take a look at RHEL's evolution from early days of public cloud to the release of RHEL 8 and beyond. 

RHEL 6: Public cloud (2010)

This was the early days of public cloud—initiated by Amazon. Developers quickly saw the appeal of dynamic infrastructure, and operations teams were marketed to with enhanced operational efficiency.  Soon after the initial appeal of dev/test on Amazon, many of our customers wanted the benefits of the stability and improved security on RHEL along with the platform’s extended ISV ecosystem in the cloud. To meet this need, RHEL 6 included images that could...

Transport Layer Security version 1.3 in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

TLS 1.3 is the sixth iteration of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. Originally designed by Netscape in the mid-1990’s to serve the purposes of online shopping, it quickly became the primary security protocol of the Internet. Now not limited just to web browsing, among other things, it secures email transfers, database accesses or business to business communication. Because it had its roots in the early days of public cryptography, when public knowledge about securely designing cryptographic protocols was limited, the first two iterations: SSLv2 and SSLv3 are now quite thoroughly broken. The next two iterations, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 depend on the security of Message Digest 5 (MD5) and Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA1).  MD5 was broken in 2004 (and known to be weak since...

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