Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.7, the final Full Support Phase release of the RHEL 7 platform. As hybrid and multicloud computing helps to transform enterprise IT, Red Hat says this version delivers enhanced consistency and control across cloud infrastructure for IT operations teams while providing a suite of modern, supported container creation tools for enterprise application developers.
Beyond new capabilities, RHEL 7.7 also marks the transition of this version to Maintenance Phase 1 within the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 10-year lifecycle. Maintenance Phase 1 emphasises maintaining infrastructure stability for production environments and enhancing the reliability of the operating system. Future minor releases of RHEL 7 will now focus solely on retaining and improving this stability rather than new features.
Subscribers are able to migrate across platform versions as support and feature needs dictate. To help with the process, Red Hat offers tools, including in-place upgrades, which helps to streamline and simplify migrating from version 7 to 8.
Stefanie Chiras, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, says: “As the hybrid cloud takes hold as a preferred production environment for mission-critical workloads, maintaining stability and consistency across all IT footprints is key. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, we show our continued commitment to the 10-year Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle while also introducing key new features, like image builder and Red Hat Insights, to help IT organizations get the most from their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 investments.”
As interest in hybrid cloud deployments grows across the enterprise world, IT operations teams face a complex, evolving technology stack interweaving traditional applications and cloud-native services as well as virtualized, bare-metal and cloud-based resources. RHEL 7.7 adds new features to help operations teams maintain control and consistency of their workloads across environments, including:
- Red Hat Insights, Red Hat’s expertise-as-a-service offering, which helps users proactively detect, analyse and remediate a variety of potential software security and configuration issues before they cause downtime or other problems.
- Full support for image builder, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux utility that enables IT teams to more readily and easily build cloud images for major public cloud infrastructures, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
- Network performance improvements for Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack Platform by offloading virtual switching and network functions virtualization (NFV) to network controller hardware.
- Powering a cloud-native developer experience
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is available now for current Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers via the Red Hat Customer Portal.
OnePlus 7 Pro scores high in audio playback
OnePlus’s latest flagship scored a high 65 in DxOMark’s Audio Scoring tests.
Introduced earlier this year as OnePlus’s latest flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro packs a lot of punch into a premium phone that is priced below many of its competitors, starting with a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED QHD+ display that can run at 90 Hz. A Snapdragon 855 SoC, along with 6GB/12GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage ensure that it can handle a multi-application workload. Rounding out the specs are a 48MP main camera that includes separate ultra-wide-angle and telephoto camera modules. As is now common in audio specs for flagship devices, the OnePlus 7 Pro supports Dolby Atmos and has a dedicated microphone for noise cancellation.
We put the OnePlus 7 Pro through DxOMark’s rigorous Audio test suite to measure its performance both at playing audio back through its built-in speakers and at recording sound using its built-in microphones. In this review, DxOMark broke down how it fared in a variety of tests and in several common use cases.
Audio specifications include:
- Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
- Dedicated microphone for noise cancellation
About DxOMark Audio tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone audio reviews, DxOMark engineers perform a variety of objective tests and undertake more than 20 hours of perceptual evaluation under controlled lab conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate both Playback and Recording using only the device’s built-in hardware and default apps.
Read more in DxOMarks’s detailed review.
Nedbank to offer Mara phones to customers
Nedbank has partnered with Mara Phones to offer South African-made smartphones to its clients, along with finance options.
Nedbank says it has partnered with Mara Phones to offer its South African-made Android smartphones to the bank’s clients, via flexible financing options. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the devices will be preloaded with the Nedbank Money App, suggesting that they will be heavily subsidised in order to drive app usage. Nedbank has apparently purchased several thousand of the handsets.
Mara Phones, a division of the Mara Corporation, recently launched what it claimed to be the first African-based smartphone-manufacturing factory in Kigali. President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the second factory in Durban on 17 October 2019. Each factory has a capacity to produce a few million smartphones units per year.
Ahuti Chug, chair of Mara Phones, said: “Our aim is to increase smartphone penetration on the continent by providing problem-solving, tailored solutions to for our customers and partners. This partnership strengthens our vision to change the narrative by demonstrating that Africans can produce high quality tech products.
“The importance of quality and affordable smartphones cannot be overstated as they enable connectivity and efficiency. It is part of Mara Phones vision and strategy to partner with financial institutions to offer solutions to consumers.”
According to Ciko Thomas, Group Managing Executive for Nedbank Retail and Business Banking, the partnership resulted from Nedbank’s recognition of the close alignment of the Mara Phones philosophy with Nedbank’s purpose to use its financial expertise to do good.
“Like Nedbank, Mara Phones is committed to leveraging technology to enable financial inclusion and enhanced education, healthcare and agriculture outcomes in South Africa and across Africa,” he says, “Through this transaction, the ability of both organisations to deliver on this vision will be significantly enhanced.”
The full details of Nedbank’s Mara Phones offer are still under wraps, but Thomas said the Nedbank offer would be a pre-packaged, high-value proposition, with the smartphones preloaded with the Nedbank Money App, and delivered via flexible finance options that make it easy for clients to pay for their devices.
Thomas says that Nedbank offer is unlikely to be network-specific.
“We believe our clients should be able to use the mobile network of their own choosing, so we will be offering some, or all, of our Nedbank-bundled, dual-SIM Mara Phones devices without SIM cards, allowing the new phone owners to use prepaid voice and data packages from any cellular service provider.”