With the 8th update of their venerable Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 version (_first released in February 200_5), RedHat switches to ”production 2 lifecycle phase”, where it helps customers transition to RHEL5. Ideally everyone will upgrade to rhel5 by the end of the year - Q4 2009 (in case not done already, this is a good time to plan for this).
General Availability: February 14, 2005 End of Production 1 phase: March 31, 2009 End of Production 2 phase: No earlier than Q4 of 2009 End of Production 3 phase: February 29, 2012
Key features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 include:
Improved virtualization performance and scale
Improved Windows interoperability and file system support
General performance improvements
Storage and filesystem enhancements
Enhanced developer support
For full details check out the press release.
Note: as usual, people using Centos4 will have to wait for a couple of weeks to have cento4.8 available for upgrade.