Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Life Cycle Support

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) offered for RHEL 3 & 4 allows customers to continue use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 3 & 4 beyond their regular 7-year life cycle.

This offering: (offered for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 & 4)

  • Provides customers with critical impact security fixes and urgent priority bug fixes along with update errata documentation and knowledge base information for up to 3 years beyond the regular 7-year life cycle.
  • Aligns the RHEL adoption model with the application and hardware life cycle known from proprietary RISC/UNIX or Mainframe systems and mission-critical applications. Customers can keep their Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems stable for longer than the lifetime of today's typical hardware platform.
  • Provides an additional option for customers with mission-critical server installations, who want to reduce their costs and minimize disruption to their datacenter by extending the life time of their existing RHEL deployments.
Extended Life Cycle Support
This schematic is applicable to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 & 4 only

This offering sets Red Hat apart from other Linux variants in the market today.

Extended Life Cycle Support is available as an Add-On option to an existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription, the Extended Life Cycle (ELS) complements that subscription and extends the overall supported life cycle from 7 years up to a total of 10 years. This offering requires the customer to have an existing RHEL subscription with equivalent subscription terms and support level.

Extended Life Cycle Support is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux major release 3 and 4 today. The end-of-life for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 is scheduled for February 29, 2012, so this is a good time to consider taking advantage of this Red Hat offering as this key milestone approaches.

For more details on this offering from Red Hat we encourage you to review this data sheet. Read more details about the life cycle policies associated with Extended Life Cycle Support.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Life Cycle Support (ELS) program only covers specific Red Hat Enterprise Linux software components. The non-supported software components are shown here for each major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux supported by ELS. These packages and their sub-packages are excluded from ELS coverage which means that Red Hat will not update them or fix customer-reported defects. Red Hat reserves the right to exclude additional packages for security reasons.