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Red Hat adds four years of extended support for RHEL 7
An additional three years are also added to RHEL 8 and 9's lifecycles, which are still both fully supported.
Linux vendor Red Hat has announced up to four years of extended support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, further prolonging the usability for customers that are unable to upgrade.
Red Hat releases usually follow a ten-year life cycle. During the first five years, customers receive full support “including bug fixes, security patches, software enhancements, hardware enablement and backports”.
The second five years is maintenance support, which means patches and bug fixes are released on an as-needed basis.
If, after ten years, an organization wishes to remain on that major release it is possible to pay for Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS). This had ensured security and bug fixes were received for two more years.