Red Hat Wraps Latest Open Source Offerings into Software Collections

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 21, 2014

Red Hat is out with its latest Sofware Collections package, arriving at version 1.1, and it is embracing Apache httpd and Nginx Web servers, Ruby 2.0, and NoSQL database MongoDB, among other previously unseen offerings. As Infoworld has noted:  "One of Red Hat Enterprise Linux's big selling points has been its consistency, in the operating system itself and the software packaged with it. Red Hat goes so far as to offer application certification -- now with Docker support -- to ensure the software running on top of RHEL behaves as expected. But what about developers who want to step outside the lines, so to speak, and run something a little more cutting-edge?"

Sure enough, version 1.1 of Software Collections includes the latest versions of many in-demand open source offerings.

The applications and platforms in this version of Sofware Collections are detailed on Red Hat's site. Included are PHP 5.4.16 and 5.5.6, Python 2.7.5 and 3.3.2, Ruby 1.9.3. and 2.0.0, Node.js 0.10, Nginx 1.4.4, MongoDB 2.4.9, and more.

According to Red Hat's announcement: "Today, we are pleased to announce the beta availability of Red Hat Software Collections 1.1, the second installment of Red Hat Software Collections which was launched in October 2013.  Red Hat Software Collections delivers a comprehensive suite of runtime languages, open source databases, and related tools helping developers and systems administrators accelerate the creation of stable, modern web applications."

The applications and platforms included in collections were actually determined by polling users and developers for wish lists. Some users have felt constrained by the applications available to them previously when using RHEL.

Red Hat Software Collections 1.1 Beta is available now for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. For more information on how to install Red Hat Software Collections view the Red Hat Software Collections 1.1 Beta release notes.