3.10 Compatibility

Oracle Linux maintains user-space compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is independent of the kernel version that underlies the operating system. Existing applications in user space continue to run unmodified on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 (UEK R5) and no re-certifications are needed for RHEL certified applications.

To minimize impact on interoperability during releases, the Oracle Linux team works closely with third-party vendors whose hardware and software have dependencies on kernel modules. The kernel ABI for UEK R5 will remain unchanged in all subsequent updates to the initial release. UEK R5 contains changes to the kernel ABI relative to UEK R4 that require recompilation of third-party kernel modules on the system. Before installing UEK R5, verify its support status with your application vendor.