Oracle Linux 8 (OL8) : Updates – UEK6, Podman, Database 19c Certification

Last week I had a quick email exchange with Simon Coter from Oracle about a few things related to Oracle Linux 8. I’ve been a little out of the loop over the last few weeks because of some important world event or another, so I had a bit of catching up to do.

UEK6 Went GA

UEK6 had been in preview for a while. In March it went GA, and I managed to miss that until recently. Even if you don’t care directly about the Linux kernel, this was a big thing because it was the first UEK release on Oracle Linux 8, and most of us outside Oracle were thinking this would mark the start of certification of Oracle products on OL8 (see below).

Downloads

About a month ago Oracle announced you can download the Oracle Linux ISO images from yum.oracle.com. See here.

This is much cleaner than using eDelivery, but form experience eDelivery is a lot quicker for downloads!

Podman

In Oracle Linux 8 the Oracle supplied Docker engine has been replaced by Podman. I was blindly expecting Docker CE support, like we had with OL7, once UEK6 was released. When I asked about this I got educated about Podman. About a day later someone else mentioned it on Twitter.

I’ve got a separate blog post coming about Podman.

Oracle Linux 8.2

A few days ago Oracle Linux 8.2 was born (here).

Oracle Database 19c Certified on Oracle Linux 8

In my email exchange Simon told me WebLogic was already certified on OL8, but there had been no official announcement about the database certification yet.

Today I noticed Mike Dietrich had a blog post about this. The database is now certified on OL8. 🙂

This is the certification of 19c (19.7) database on OL8 with UEK6. I don’t know what will happen with previous database versions, but I kind-of hope they don’t certify them. I want to forget older releases exist.

Once I heard this I went on to the OL8 Yum repository and noticed the “oracle-database-preinstall-19c” package is now in the repo. Happy days.

I’ve got a separate post coming about this.

Conclusion

There’s been a lot happening while I was looking in the other direction. 🙂 The moral of this story is don’t blink, and keep looking at the Oracle Linux Blog.

Cheers

Tim…

PS. There is a lot more stuff on the Oracle Linux blog. I’ve just mentioned the things that directly affect me…