Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is not Ubuntu. Out of the box, it seems the default packages installed for developers are somewhat limited. To provide exceptional long-term stability, Red Hat takes a different approach to default packages and software repositories (repos). Development tools aren’t installed unless specifically selected. The repos that are initially enabled only contain packages that Red Hat supports over the long term lifecycle of RHEL. Because RHEL’s default repos don’t have as large a selection of development tools as other freely available operating systems’ servers, that doesn’t mean you are out of luck. Enabling a few additional repos from Red Hat and a third party makes a wide variety of packages available using the same familiar yum commands.
In preparing to write this article, I spent hours scouring RHEL’s package lists in order to highlight some of the most useful “yum” installables that you can use to supercharge your development productivity. Some are available from the default repos, others require enabling an additional repo which I’ll point out. Here are my top 10.
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