Chapter 1 Spacewalk for Oracle Linux Release 2.10 Features and Changes

This chapter describes features that are supported in Spacewalk for Oracle Linux Release 2.10.

For information about installing or upgrading Spacewalk servers and proxies, see Spacewalk for Oracle® Linux: Installation Guide for Release 2.10.

1.1 About Spacewalk Release 2.10 Server and Client Support

The current Spacewalk 2.10 release provides the following Server and Client support:

  • Spacewalk 2.10 server can run on Oracle Linux 7 (x86_64) systems only.

  • Clients that can register with the Spacewalk 2.10 server include:

    • Oracle Linux 8 (x86_64 ) Update 2 or higher running Spacewalk 2.10 client

    • Oracle Linux 7 (x86_64 ) running Spacewalk 2.10 client

    • Oracle Linux 6 (x86_64) running Spacewalk 2.7 client

1.2 Oracle Database Support

The following Oracle Database releases are supported in Spacewalk 2.10:

  • Oracle Database 19c

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2)

1.3 Spacewalk Release 2.10 Feature Summary

In addition to numerous bug fixes and other enhancements, Spacewalk 2.10 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • The Spacewalk server can now synchronize and distribute Oracle Linux 8 content.

    Mirroring of a repository that contains module metadata is supported. The metadata can then be made available to downstream clients.

  • With Spacewalk 2.10, you can now manage errata severity.

  • The dwr package has been updated to version 3.0.2 to fix security vulnerabilities.

  • Updated API calls:

    • errata.create/setDetails: provides the capability for managing severities.

    • system.schedulePackageRemoveByNevra: supports the removal of packages that are not in the database.

1.4 Spacewalk Release 2.10 Feature Comparison in Oracle Linux Versions

Note

In the following table, features under the Oracle Linux 8 column that are flagged with No to indicate they are unsupported apply only to cases where modules or packages contained within a module from the AppStream repository are included (see Section 2.2, “Limited Operations on Channels That Contain Modules”). Otherwise, those features work.

Feature Oracle Linux 6 Oracle Linux 7 Oracle Linux 8

Client

Yes

Yes

Yes

Operating system packages

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Registration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Install packages

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Apply patches

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Remote commands

Yes

Yes

Yes

System set manager (SSM)

Yes

Yes

Yes

System deployment (PXE/Kickstart)

Yes

Yes

Yes

System redeployment (Kickstart)

Yes

Yes

Yes4

Errata reporting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Software channel cloning

Yes

Yes

No

Software channel life cycle promotion

Yes

Yes

No

Contact methods

osad, rhnsd

osad, rhnsd

osad, rhnsd

Action chains

Yes

Yes

Yes

Software crash reporting

No

Yes

No

Staging (pre-download of packages)

Yes

Yes

No

Dupliate package reporting

Yes

Yes

No

CVE audting

Yes

Yes

Yes

SCAP auditing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Package verification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Package locking

Yes

Yes

Yes1

System locking

Yes

Yes

No

System snapshot

Yes

Yes

No

Configuration file management

Yes

Yes

Yes

Snapshots and profiles

Yes

Yes

No

Power management

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Management using Spacewalk XMLRPC API

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Management using spacecmd CLI tool

Yes

Yes

Yes1

1BaseOS channel only. Application Stream (AppStream) and CodeReady Builder repositories are limited to synchronize only.

2Oracle Linux 8 clients can be grouped into a System Set. However, no operations against that set can be performed.

3Kickstart cannot have any repository enabled that contains AppStream/module metadata.

4Redeployment cannot be performed if the server has a software channel subscribed that contains AppStream or module metadata.