Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Technical Overview

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Executive Summary

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 provides many new features, bug fixes, and security improvements. As Red Hat's flagship product, it provides enterprise readiness and compatibility across updates. The preservation of compatibility is one of the principal benefits that differentiate Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases from general upstream community development, which in many cases tends to be revolutionary rather than evolutionary. While the rapid pace of upstream advancement yields plentiful innovation from which customers and developers eventually benefit, invasive, disruptive, or incompatible features are normally deferred to major releases and not included in update Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases. Through strict vigilance to compatibility and stability, customers can deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 with confidence without any need to recertify their application and middleware stacks.

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