Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is going end of life on August 30, 2021. Since Red Hat's life cycle is quite complex, it can be hard to keep track of when each version is will go end of life. This guide and report should help you manage your Red Hat installations more efficiently.
What is Linux Red Hat Enterprise?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise Linux operating system designed to provide a consistent foundation across environments. It prides itself on being able to provide services and workloads fast, reduce deployment friction and costs while decreasing time to value for critical workloads. This allows development and operations teams to work together more efficiently.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle
RHEL basically has two separate life cycles. One for the major version and one for minor versions. Major versions have 3 stages (4 for RHEL 7). Full Support, Maintenance Support 1 (and Maintenance Support 2 for RHEL 7) Phases followed by an Extended Life Phase.
Additionally, minor versions also have 3 stages. Release support (6-months after release), for specific versions add-ons can be purchased for both extended update support and update services for SAP solutions.
For RHEL 7, version 7.7 is the last version to have extended update support and will be the last RHEL 7 version to go end of life.
While this all makes sense, it can be very difficult to find out exactly when support for a specific version will end due to all of these variables and the lack of data on RHEL's support website.
Luckily we've compiled a list of RHEL 7 and 8 versions along with their EOL dates and created a report which shows the different dates along with the maximum EOL date to make things a little easier.