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Red Hat Linux 9 Distribution Released -- To Paying Customers

Mike Angelo -- 31 March 2003 (C)

Red Hat Software released its new, Red Hat Linux 9 Linux distribution today. However, only members of Red Hat's Red Hat Network, a paid for subscription service, will be able to download Red Hat 9 now. Here is an excerpt of a discussion we had with Red Hat Vice-President Mark de Visser earlier today about the shift in Red Hat Linux release policy.

MozillaQuest Magazine: As I understand it, Red Hat 9 is not available for free downloading. Will Red Hat 9 at some point be available for free downloading?

Mark de Visser: Red Hat Linux 9 will be available on our servers for general free downloading next week.

MozillaQuest Magazine: Isn't this a shift in policy?

Mark de Visser: Yes in the sense that we want to make sure that paying customers receive the preferred service. No in the sense that the product will continue to be available to everyone who wants to download it.

MozillaQuest Magazine: Could you please explain why Red Hat has made this change in its free Red Hat Linux policy?

Mark de Visser: It is always very hard to deal with the amount of traffic during the first days of a new release. So what we are doing is giving paying customers a week to get their downloads done before the hordes of free downloads get started. Hopefully they'll have a better experience that way.

For a more complete list of what's new and different, please see the Red Hat 9 packages and featrues lists. (Links in the Resources section at the end of this article.) That's right, there is a jump from 8.0 right on up to Red Hat Linux 9.

MozillaQuest Magazine: Why did y'all jump from Red Hat 8.0 to Red Hat 9?

Mark de Visser: We do not do point releases anymore on the free versions. Point releases were done in the past to indicate the consecutive releases were kept consistent. Buyers would expect applications (3rd party or own developed) that ran on 7.0 to continue to run on 7.1. Now that we have our Enterprise line of Linux we do not focus on that consistency. Therefore 8.1 would have sent the wrong message to 8.0 owners. Now it is 9, and the next releases will be 10 and 11 and so forth.

One of the benefits is immediately visible. We could implement NPTL, the new threading libraries. If we would have had to worry about 8.0 compatibility that could not have happened.

We have not finished checking Red Hat Linux 9 yet. However, here is the meat of the Red Hat Press Release announcing the availability of Red Hat Linux 9. Links for more information about Red Hat Linux 9 and for downloading Red Hat Linux 9 after the Press Release excerpts.

Red Hat Linux 9 Features Latest Open Source Technologies

New Linux operating system combines cutting-edge open source technology and easy-to-use Bluecurve™ interface.

RALEIGH, NC -- March 31, 2003 -- Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's premier open source and Linux provider, today announced the availability of Red Hat Linux 9. Drawing from the work of the open source community, Red Hat Linux 9 allows users to take advantage of the newest open source technology first. With an improved graphical installation, new usability enhancements and end-user applications, Red Hat Linux 9 is designed for students, home computing and technology enthusiasts.

“Red Hat's community-based distribution became an option for home computing with the introduction of the BluecurveTM graphical interface in 2002. In Red Hat Linux 9, we've refined the installation and interface, adding new tools and applications for end users,” said Brian Stevens, vice president of Operating Systems Development at Red Hat. “The result is an open source desktop operating system that is flexible and simple to use for mainstream technology enthusiasts.”

Red Hat Linux features Bluecurve, an easy-to-navigate interface with intuitively organized menus. Bluecurve has been upgraded in Red Hat Linux 9 and now extends to more areas of the operating system, including the menu and layout of the desktop. Red Hat Linux 9 features include:

* First introduction of new threading technology: NPTL (Native POSIX Thread Library)

* office suite for creation of documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

* Mozilla Web browser , email client, address book, HTML composer and authoring tool

* Ximian EvolutionTM email client, calendar and contact manager

* CUPS for drag-and-drop printing capabilities

* Upgraded core components: Linux kernel 2.4.20, GCC 3.2.1,, GNU libc 2.3 (with NPTL), web server powered by Apache 2.0

See for a complete overview of Red Hat Linux 9 features.

Pricing and Availability

Red Hat Linux 9 binaries and source code are currently available to Red Hat Network subscribers. To subscribe to Red Hat Network, please visit . Red Hat Linux 9 will be widely available at retail locations and for purchase on on April 7, 2003.

* Red Hat Linux 9 has a MSRP of $39.95, and includes 30 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service and Web-based support.

* Red Hat Linux 9 Professional has an MSRP of $149.95, and includes the operating system on DVD, SysAdmin Rescue Tool, an office and multimedia applications CD, 60 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service, 60 days of Web-based and telephone support.

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