Oracle Linux 6.9 released; Final update in 6.x series

The Oracle Linux team has announced public availability of Oracle 6 Update 9, ninth and final update pack in Oracle Linux 6.x series. Package updates shipped as part of this release can be downloaded from Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and Oracle YUM Server. The team will also publish updated installation images shortly.
Oracle Linux maintains user space compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is independent of underlying Kernel. So, this remains unchanged even after Oracle rolls it's own Kernel version. Oracle Linux 6.9 will become compatible with all application deployments in Oracle Linux 6.x series and RHEL 6.x series.

Oracle Linux 6.9 brings fixes for some bugs reported in previous releases.
Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 fixes a regression introduced in glibc in the upstream release that could cause Oracle Database to fail to start in certain circumstances. This regression was found and fixed during Oracle's extensive testing of Oracle Linux with Oracle products. Customers using other Linux distributions with Oracle Database are encouraged to talk to their Linux provider about whether they also have a patch available.
Other notable features in Oracle Linux 6.9 update includes:
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 support for all system components. Other changes include vsftpd support for TLS 1.2 and auditd support for incremental_async.
  • The cpuid utility is now available. This utility dumps detailed information about CPUs gathered from CPUID instruction and is capable of determining exact CPU models. The cpuid utilty supports Intel, AMD, and VIA CPUs.
  • Improved support when running as a Hyper-V guest.Enhanced SSSD Support for Active Directory. 
For more information, see release announcement published by Oracle Linux team.

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