Red Hat committed to keeping UNC Sunsite Linux archives going strong

Research Triangle Park

United States, July 27, 1998

Red Hat, Inc. today announced a donation in support of Sunsite, the largest Linux archives, run by UNC MetaLab, a collaborative project of the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communucation and the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Red Hat's donation to Sunsite will be used to fund a researcher to administer, improve, and maintain the Linux portion of the ftp site and the Linux portion of the website. The researcher will work closely with the Linux development and user community to suggest and implement future Linux archive directions.

"We want to keep Sunsite successful because it is good for Linux," said Erik Troan, Chief Developer at Red Hat, Inc. who maintained the Linux archives when he we was a student. "Having someone at UNC Sunsite will not only keep things running smoothly and running well but will also keep the information current and accurate."

In addition to site maintenance, Red Hat's donation will give the researcher from UNC's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) valuable administration experience. Said Barbara Moran, Dean and Professor at UNC, "The School of Information and Library Science is most appreciative to receive a gift that will be of such benefit to our students. SILS is a dynamic and growing entity, much like the Linux OS, so we are good partners."

About UNC MetaLab and
Since 1991, the project in digital libraries, electronic publishing and electronic communities, now known as MetaLab, has been home to SunSITE, a research project sponsored by a series of grants and gifts from Sun Microsystems. SunSITE was one of the world's first Web servers; it remains one of the world's busiest academic Web sites. From the beginnning of the project, SunSITE has been home for the Linux archives. MetaLab is a collaborative project of the UNC Chief Information Officer, the School of Information and Library Science, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Other MetaLab partners include: Cisco Systems, EDUCAUSE, RealNetworks and the Lightworks Foundation. For more information about Sunsite, please see .

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