Red Hat introduces separate upgrade cycle for dev tools

Software Collections releases code languages, databases on different cycle to Linux platform

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Red Hat introduces separate upgrade cycle for dev tools Totton: Software Collections… [allows] developers to use the latest, stable versions of Python, Ruby, MySQL, and [others].
By Staff Writer Published  September 15, 2013

Open source solutions provider Red Hat Inc today announced general availability of Red Hat Software Collections 1.0.

Available via select Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions, Red Hat Software Collections delivers the newest, most stable versions of open source runtime components to subscribers on a lifecycle that is separate from Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

"By providing a more frequent release cadence of these developer oriented technologies, Red Hat has responded to the need for access to rapid language and database innovation while also continuing to deliver the stability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform," the company said.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux currently ships tools and runtime technologies with its 10-year lifecycle and will continue to do so. Red Hat Software Collections provides access to newer, updated versions of programming languages and open source databases with a three-year lifecycle.

Red Hat Software Collections 1.0 includes Web application development languages such as Ruby 1.9.3 with Rails 3.2.8; PHP 5.4; Python 3.3 and 2.7; Perl 5.16.3; and node.js 0.10 (delivered as a Technology Preview).

Also included are runtime databases, such as MariaDB 5.5; MySQL 5.5; and PostgreSQL 9.2.

Supported by a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription and delivered with a choice of service-level agreements (SLAs), the components offered through Red Hat Software Collections are intended for production use in physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Red Hat is also making components included in Red Hat Software Collections available on OpenShift, Red Hat's open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering where they are exposed as services to developers (via the OpenShift cartridge API).

"To deliver a cutting-edge application, organisations must often choose between innovation and stability, a balancing act that frequently leads to chronic instability or feature stagnation," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat.

"Red Hat Software Collections tackles this mutual exclusivity by allowing developers to use the latest, stable versions of Python, Ruby, MySQL, and other languages and databases used for modern Web applications, all delivered with the full value and enterprise-grade qualities of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription.

"Additionally, Red Hat Software Collections introduces Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers to MariaDB, a database alternative to MySQL."

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