Difference between RHEL 6 and RHEL 7

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 initially released on 10 November 2010 with the release name Santiago and it is forked from Fedora 12
  • The initial kernel version was 2.6.32-131 (6.1) and it can be updated to 6.10 -
  • It's support will end in June 2024 as per the Extended Life-cycle Support 
  • RHEL 6 supports both 32 and 64 bit architecture 
  • The default file system is EXT4 but can be choose the other's as well and EXT4 supports 16TB partition size and XFS 100TB
  • Kdump doesn't support large RAM size
  • There are run levels 0-6,each have their own functionality 
  • In service management it uses checkconfig commands to manage services
  • Iptables are used in RHEL 6 as firewall configuration,routes traffic and security 
  • At the startup processes the system V (init.d) scripts used to run the services and its demons 

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 released on 10 June 2014 with the release name Maipo and it is based on Fedora 19
  • The RHEL 7.1 kernel version was 3.10.0-229 and latest update till now is 7.6 - 3.10.0.-957
  •  RHEL 7 only support 64 bit architecture 
  • The default file system is XFS but can be choose the other' as well and XFS supports 500TB partition size
  • Kdump supports can be upto 3TB
  • There are no run levels in RHEL 7 but it has targets to do the job of run levels
  • Boot loader version changed to Grub 2 and default database is now MariaDB as in RHEL 6 it was MySQL
  • In RHEL 7 service management it uses systemctl commands to manage services
  • RHEL 7 switched to firewalld concept for firewall configuration and security policies
  • At the startup processes the systemd is now used to run the parallel processes and its demons and this is the major change which can fast the loading services
  • The service is handling better with systemctl as status argument with addition switches like -l give detailed logs of the running services


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