Linux Top 3: Raspberry Pi B+, CentOS 7 and RHEL 5.11

1) Raspberry Pi B+

Few devices have captured the imagination of amateur computer hobbyists like the Raspberry Pi have in recent year. The promise of a small device that is flexible and Linux powered to do anything that a developer can imagine is one that many people have embraced.

While the Linux piece of the Raspberry Pi is about software, hardware does matter and the hardware is now getting an update.

The new Raspberry Pi Model B+ is an improvement on the existing B model and uses the same BCM2835 application processor. One of the most noticeable difference on the new device is the integration of 4x USB 2.0 ports instead of only two. Overall power consumption has been reduced by nearly a 1 watt and the board is now a neater form factor as well. There is now also a Micro-SD card slot, replacing the previous SD card slot.

Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton wrote:

“In the two years since we launched the current Raspberry Pi Model B, we’ve often talked about our intention to do one more hardware revision to incorporate the numerous small improvements people have been asking for. This isn’t a “Raspberry Pi 2?, but rather the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi.

2) CentOS 7

Barely a month after Red Hat Enterprise LInux 7 was released, CentoOS 7 became available last week. The speed with which CentOS 7 has been released is particularly noteworthy. When RHEL 6 debuted in November of 2011, the CentOS project was unable to put out their corresponding CentOS 6 release until nine months later in July of 2012.

CentOS 7 is also the first release from the CentOS community since it officially partnered with Red Hat in January of 2014.

3) RHEL 5.11

With RHEL 7 now generally available, Red Hat is gearing down its production releases of RHEL 5.  On July 9, Red Hat announced the final RHEL 5 beta.

“This release continues to provide system administrators with a secure, stable, and reliable platform for their organization’s enterprise applications,” Red Hat stated. “While primarily focused on improving security and stability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 Beta provides additional enhancements to subscription management, debugging capabilities, and more.”