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In today's age of hyperscalers and hybrid cloud environments, developers like you need to obtain the appropriate Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) image based on the desired deployment destination. Developers want choices for their download experience. We are excited to introduce three new options that improve the traditional experience of downloading a RHEL ISO image.

3 New options to download RHEL

Now developers can access all vital documentation related to newly enabled RHEL download options on the same page, including installation, workstation, and image builder guides. This new download experience will help you quickly download and configure RHEL so you can focus on building applications.

In addition to downloading a RHEL ISO image from Red Hat Developer, there are three new ways to access Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

1. Build public and private cloud-ready RHEL images

Using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux image builder, you can now build hyperscaler images for AWS, GCP, and Microsoft Azure and directly deploy them to your public cloud. Plus, you can build images for VMware infrastructure and .qcow2 images and deploy them in any virtual environment.

2. Access the RHEL server ISO and workstation

Download the RHEL server ISO and configure workstations to build applications on x86_64 and ARM architectures. By default, you will have access to the most current RHEL versions on the download page. You can also download older RHEL versions from a table on the same page.

3. Obtain Red Hat Universal Base Images (UBI)

Now you can access UBI instructions on the RHEL download page. Red Hat Universal Base Images are OCI-compliant container base operating system images with complementary runtime languages and freely redistributable packages. Built from portions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux like previous RHEL base images, UBIs are available in the Red Hat Container Catalog. You can execute UBI instructions for their specific use with Podman, Docker, or Red Hat OpenShift.

Secure RHEL and keep it up to date

Another essential addition to the new RHEL download page is direct access to Red Hat Insights, included in the Red Hat Developer Subscription for Individuals.

Red Hat Insights is a powerful tool for developers to manage their system and keep it up-to-date with the latest advisories, patches, and system updates. This managed service continuously analyzes platforms and applications to help enterprises manage hybrid cloud environments. Insights uses predictive analytics and deep domain expertise to reduce complex operational tasks from hours to minutes. It also identifies security and performance risks, tracks licenses, and manages costs. As part of the new RHEL download experience, you can now directly access Red Hat Insights from the RHEL download page and secure your RHEL from the Insights dashboard. You can access the image builder without starting the Red Hat Insights trial by selecting Not Now on the Red Hat Insights trial pop-up on the console.

Learn how to develop applications on RHEL

After you download and securely configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux the way you want, the next step is to build, deploy, and manage your applications with the latest runtimes and developer tools. You can run your applications anywhere from edge to the cloud with custom cloud images and UBI, using Red Hat tools to deploy on bare metal or in a virtual environment. You can also continuously analyze applications with Red Hat Insights to predict risks and recommend actions.

Check out Red Hat's hands-on labs for all skill levels to learn more. The labs include: useful Linux commands, Install software using package managers, and Deploying containers using container tools [podman]. Try these labs to see your favorite products in action.

Last updated: January 26, 2023