Red Hat Unveils New Software Collections for General Use

By CIOReview | Friday, December 4, 2015
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RALEIGH, NC: Red Hat, provider of open source solutions, has rolled out its Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 for general use, which is delivered on a separate lifecycle from Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Mostly available as Dockerfiles or as docker-formatted container images by the Red Hat Customer Portal, the Red Hat Software Collections 2.1 is the Red Hat’s new installment of the latest, stable open source web development tools, dynamic languages, and databases that links developer agility and production stability. It helps in accelerating the creation of modern applications that can then be installed into production for better results. It can also be installed to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and OpenShift.

Prominent features of the new collections include varnish cache 4.0.3, a caching HTTP reverse proxy that accelerates web applications; nginx 1.8- an updated version of the popular HTTP and reverse proxy server; node.js 0.10.40- an updated version of the runtime environment for developing server-side web applications; and an updated Maven 3.0 collection with additional packages.  

“The latest version of Red Hat Software Collections shows Red Hat’s continued commitment to delivering the latest tools to our development community without sacrificing the stability or reliability of the resulting applications. Additionally, by making many of these collections available as Dockerfiles and docker-formatted container images, we are helping to drive the adoption of next-generation applications within the enterprise, all built on the foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux,” comments Jim Totton, VP and GM of Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat.

Apart from this, Red Hat has also announced the general availability of Red Hat Developer Toolset 4 that helps in streamlining application development on Red Hat Enterprise Linux by providing access to the stable open source C, C++ compilers, and performance profiling tools to developers.

The features that make the Red Hat Developer Toolset 4 more advanced are GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 5.2, The GNU Project Debugger (GDB) 7.10, Eclipse Mars (4.5), and updated  toolchain components and performance tools, like binutils (2.25) and SystemTap (2.8).