Posted on behalf of Gireesha US from Dell Linux Engineering Team.

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.8 Operating System on Feb 2012, which includes driver updates, bug fixes and support for new hardware. For detailed information, please refer to RHEL 5.8 release notes

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 has been extensively validated on supported Dell PowerEdge Servers. Please refer to the important information guide for a complete list of issues fixed in RHEL 5.8 on Dell PowerEdge servers.

What’s new :

Listed are the details of new features including hardware enablement.

  • Support of Catapult-II based CNA/network controllers. Currently shipping servers support Brocade Catapult based controllers - BR1020 and BR1741M-k. The bfa/bna drivers has been upgraded to include the support for new hardware and Bug fixes.
  • Native support for Intel Spring Fountain II (Intel 82599 Dual Port 10Gb KR Mezz) 10G controllers. These controllers are shipping with Dell 12th generation servers.
  • Native support for Broadcom BCM 578xx (Broadcom 57800S/57810S) 10Gb CNA controllers and these are offered with Dell 12th generation platforms.

Driver updates for the storage & network controllers, these drivers has been upgraded to include the Bug fixes.

  • Updated Intel igb, igbvf, ixgbe and ixgbevf, Driver for Intel 1G and 10GB Network cards.
  • The igb .ko version 3.0.6-k2-2 in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 drives the Intel i350 1GB controller.
  • The ixgbe driver  version 3.4.8-k  supports  the Intel x540  10Gb controller which is an  NDC option  the Rack servers , Intel x520 10Gb controller which is an NDC option on the M620 and the Intel add-on 10Gb controller.
  • Updated Broadcom tg3, bnx2, bnx2x and  bnx2i drivers.
  • The BCM5720 and BCM5719 are supported by the tg3 driver version 3.119
  • BCM 57810 and 57800 which are the Broadcom 10Gb iscsi capable 10Gb controllers are supported by the bnx2x version 1.70.00-0
  • Updated the mpt2sas (H200) and megaraid_sas (PERC H310, H710, H710P, H810 and PERC H700, H800, PERC6/ir storage controller) driver to upstream version containing bug fixes and performance enhancements to support on 11th and 12th generation servers.