The CentOS distribution community today announced the release of CentOS Linux 8.1 (1911). The update is based on the source code of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 operating system.
CentOS Linux 8.1 (1911) is coming four months later the release of CentOS Linux 8, which is based on Red Hat's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 series, to add all the new features and enhancements to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 update.
New features include kernel live patching, a new routing protocol stack called FRR that supports IPv4 and IPv6, an extended version of the Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) to help sysadmins deal with complex network issues, and support for encryption block in LUKS2 while the devices are in use, as well as a new tool for creating SELinux policies for containers called udica.
"With udica, you can create a custom security policy to better control how a container accesses server system resources, such as storage, devices, and network," the new release notes.
CentOS Linux 8.1 also comes with additional FIPS-140 and Common Criteria certifications, XDP (eXpress Data Path) eBPF-based high performance data path as a Technology Preview, QCOW virtual image import support and a new command line tool in Identity Management called Healthcheck and helps users discover problems that could affect reliability in IdM environments.
Some packages and key components have also been updated to CentOS Linux 8.1 (1911). Among them, we can mention Tuning 2,12 a system adjustment tool, which supports CPU list negation, the chrony 3.5 suite, which can now more accurately synchronize the system clock with hardware time stamping, as well as and PHP 7.3, Ruby 2.6, Node packages. js 12, nginx 1.16, LLVM 8.0.1, Rust Toolset 1.37 and Go Toolset 1.12.8.
CentOS Linux 8.1 Installation Images (ISO) (1911) are available for download for 64-bit (x86_64), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64le), AArch64 (ARM 64-bit), and ARMv7hl / ARMhfp architectures. Vagrant and Generic Cloud images are also available for download from the official website.
Anyone who has CentOS Linux 8.0 (1905) installed can simply update their system.