Chapter 1 New Features and Changes

Table of Contents

1.1 Notable Changes
1.2 Xen Improvements
1.3 Driver Updates
1.3.1 Storage Adapter Drivers
1.3.2 Network Adapter Drivers
1.3.3 Miscellaneous Drivers
1.4 Technology Preview
1.5 Compatibility

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major release of its heavily tested and optimized operating system kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86-64 architecture. It is based on the mainline Linux kernel version 3.8.13.

The 3.8.13-26 release is the first quarterly update release for UEK R3. It includes security and bug fixes, as well as driver updates.

Oracle actively monitors upstream checkins and applies critical bug and security fixes to UEK R3.

UEK R3 uses the same versioning model as the mainline Linux kernel version. It is possible that some applications might not understand the 3.x versioning scheme. If an application does require a 2.6 context, you can use the uname26 wrapper command to start it. However, regular Linux applications are usually neither aware of nor affected by Linux kernel version numbers.