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RHEL 7 Summary

This page summarises the major changes in RHEL 7 beta.


The release is 64 bit only. There is no 32 bit version. 64 bit is the default architecture.

Process management

The init system, and much else, is replaced by systemd. This is a major change.
  • Obsoletes: ConsoleKit, sysvinit, initscripts, pm-utils, inetd, acpid, syslog, watchdog, cgrulesd, cron, atd (http://0pointer.de/public/systemd-fosdem2013.pdf)
  • systemd is a system and service manager for Linux, compatible with SysV and LSB init scripts. systemd provides aggressive parallelization capabilities, uses socket and D-Bus activation for starting services, offers on-demand starting of daemons, keeps track of processes using Linux control groups, supports snapshotting and restoring of the system state, maintains mount and automount points and implements an elaborate transactional dependency-based service control logic. (http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/).

Deprecated or removed

Apart from the software obsoleted by systemd, other notable departures include:
  • Eclipse (now in a separate 'developer toolset' - which SL seems to have anyway so maybe there weill be no change there for us)
  • gcj
  • ecryptfs
  • webalizer
  • pidgin - replaced by empathy
  • HAL - replaced by udev, which is now part of systemd
  • thunderbird - replaced by evolution
  • xorg-x11-twm
  • xorg-x11-xdm - replaced by gdm
  • mod_perl - replaced by mod_fcgid
  • busybox - apparently not replaced by anything
Some notable deprecated systems include:
  • the ext2 and ext3 filesystems, in favour of ext4
  • sendmail, in favour of postfix
  • lvm1 in favour of lvm2
  • prelink


  • The traditional /etc/sysconfig network scripts are deprecated in favour of NetworkManager, which gains a command line interface nmcli.
  • The release includes firewalld (dynamic firewall configuration), chrony (updates the system clock on frequently suspended or disconnected systems), DNSSEC (DNS security extensions to verify server responses) and OpenLMI (a common system management interface).
  • "Network Teaming" is introduced as an alternative to bonding.


  • gcc 4.8.x series
  • glibc libraries 2.17
  • gdb 7.6.1
  • Ruby 2.0.0
  • Python 2.7.5
  • The default JDK is OpenJDK7 and the default Java is Java 7. Multiple versions can be installed in parallel.


GNOME 2 is replaced by GNOME 3.

Database and Web

  • The default MySQL implementation is MariaDB version 5.5.
  • The default PostgreSQL version is 9.2.
  • Apache httpd 2.4.
  • mod_perl is replaced by mod_fcgid
Topic revision: r6 - 2014-02-11 - cc
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