In my previous post, I talked about the latest release of Oracle Spacewalk 2.10 for Oracle Linux users. On December 22, 2020, Oracle came up with an early new year surprise with the release of Oracle Linux Manager 2.10.

While this release kind of negates my previous post, the real surprise is that Spacewalk 2.10 only had around 5 months and is now getting replaced. If you were an early bird and started using Spacewalk 2.10, you might want to switch to Oracle Linux Manager 2.10 as the existing repositories are scheduled for retirement by January 31, 2021.
Now, the good news is that this release includes all the features of Spacewalk 2.10 with enhancements for Oracle Linux 8. It is worth noting that Spacewalk 2.10 only had limited support for Oracle Linux 8 clients as its web interface and API were not AppStream or module aware.

Refer to section 1.4 and 1.5 of Oracle Linux Manager release notes for details and a quick comparison of features for Oracle Linux 6,7 and 8.

Upgrade Path

If you are running Spacewalk version older than 2.7, a direct upgrade path is not yet available. You must upgrade to Spacewalk 2.7 first! If you are planning to install Spacewalk 2.7 or 2.10, it might be better to think of installing Oracle Linux Manager instead. If you planning to upgrade your Spacewalk installation of 2.7, upgrade to Oracle Linux Manager might be a better choice than Spacewalk 2.10.

Upgrading to Oracle Linux Manager 2.10

Database Support

Oracle Linux Manager 2.10 only supports Oracle Database 12c release 2 (12.2) and 19c. For a database upgrade the RPM version of 19c release must not be used as the OUI-installed database with RPM version is not supported.

Useful Links

Refer to the following links for more information:

Installing Oracle Linux Manager 2.10
Oracle Linux Manager Release Notes
Release Announcement