Alibaba Cloud Linux 17.01 (Golden Toad)

Aliyun Linux 17.01 (Golden Toad) has the following features.

  • Integrated with Linux kernel 4.4 maintained by the Alibaba Cloud kernel group

    • Supports swap space compression to ensure a significant I/O reduction.
    • Supports kpatch, a hot patching feature. No need to restart the instance to upgrade the kernel.
    • Supports kdump mechanism for virtual machines with very large memory (3 TB at the most).
    • Supports automatic NUMA.
    • Improves the performance of getting timestamps in user mode using vsyscall page.
    • Comprehensively supports Docker technology stacks.
    • Supports paravirtual (PV) panic event interface, facilitating cloud users to quickly locate kernel problems.
    • Provides the lockless TCP listener that is re-designed with the anti-SYN flooding attack capability elevated by two to three orders of magnitude.
  • Efficient creation and start

    The instance is created based on the virtualization-level optimized stack to effectively reduce the time required for creating a virtual machine. The OS is equipped with Alibaba Cloud custom boot services to improve the boot rate, so that the time needed from instance creation to logon is 30 seconds or less.

  • File systems

    The following file systems are newly supported: XFS, Btrfs, AUFS and OverlayFS.

  • Brand new tool chain

    GCC 4.8.x glibc 2.17 GDB 7.6.1.

  • Improved security

    • OpenSSH supports logon via the chroot shell, but the user logon is within a limited root file system.
    • OpenSSH supports specifying multiple verification conditions to enhance logon access.
  • Compatible with CentOS 7

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