Red Hat's next major flagship release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 is here and ready for your testing. Besides adding new features for virtualization, the cloud, and in-place system upgrading, this release also sees Red Hat moving from Oracle's MySQL to MariaDB for its default database management system (DBMS).
RHEL 7, which is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2014, is based on Red Hat's community Linux, Fedora 19. For its Linux heart, however, it will be using the upstream Linux 3.10 kernel. This is in line with the recent Linux kernel developers' announcement that the 3.10 kernel would receive long-term support for commercial distributions.