Red Hat Announces Red Hat Linux 7, Latest Version of Leading Open Source Operating System Offers Enhanced Security, Ease of Use and Management

Research Triangle Park

United States, September 25, 2000

Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced the September 26 availability of Red Hat Linux 7, the latest version of the world's most popular open source server operating environment. Red Hat Linux 7 provides enhanced security, new ease-of-use features, optimized software for higher-end Intel chips and increased 3D support, along with dozens of new enterprise-ready applications, extending its lead as the most powerful and widely used open source server environment in the world. Through the new Red Hat Network available now to all Red Hat 7 users on a free trial basis (see related press release) Red Hat is pioneering a new way to deliver open source products, service, support and information on-line in real-time.

"Red Hat Linux is the most popular and trusted open source environment in the world, and with the enhancements to Red Hat Linux 7 it becomes an even more compelling choice for enterprises to use as the foundation of their internet infrastructures," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "Increased security, ease of use and manageability make Red Hat Linux 7 a full-featured solution for enterprise IT departments, workstation users and developers. It's appropriate that as the company responsible for so much of the internet infrastructure, Red Hat should also be the first to offer a complete array of on-line service and support through our innovative Red Hat Network. The Internet is the future of development, deployment and management services for software technology, and Red Hat is there today."

"As developers continue to port applications to Linux, they require new services that will enable them to take advantage of the breadth of open source development through initiatives from companies like Red Hat Linux powered by Intel(r) Architecture," said Victor Krutul, Manager Operating System Programs, Intel. "Using Red Hat Network, developers have on-line, real-time access to open source products, service, support as well as Red Hat Linux 7 upgrades delivered to them automatically to take advantage of the new capabilities and features."

Red Hat Linux 7 open source operating system
Red Hat Linux 7 is the latest major edition of the award-winning open source operating system. It provides the open source flexibility, scalability and manageability necessary to bring the most ambitious Linux initiative under the control of an integrated Internet computing platform. Important new capabilities provided by Red Hat Linux 7 include:

  • For Enterprise IT Departments - integrated security with OpenSSL for secure communication via the web; graphical configuration tools; MySQL database; and pre-set for the arrival of the 2.4 kernel.

  • For Workstation users - more customizable desktop environment; more software to choose from including digital photography viewing and diagram drawing programs; increased security for default installations to protect users who use cable modems or ADSL to reach the Internet; and better 3D graphics support.

  • For Developers - enhanced internationalization sub-system, more complete C++ support with new compiler; updated development suite; and a preview of many new development tools such as the new GNU compiler for the Java programming language.

Red Hat Linux 7 is available in three versions; each includes the Red Hat Linux operating system, productivity applications (some trial versions and some full), StarOffice Office Suite (Deluxe and Professional only) and detailed installation documentation. The versions are:

  • Standard:
    60 days web support, 60-day free Red Hat Network trial

  • Deluxe:
    90 days web support, 90-day free Red Hat Network trial, 30 days phone support

  • Professional:
    90 days web support, 180 days free Red Hat Network trial, 30 days phone support, 30 days Apache support

Red Hat's comprehensive services and support organization round out an enterprise solution that delivers the tools and performance necessary to translate the promise of open source into high-value, scalable internet infrastructure implementations.

Red Hat Linux 7 (in USD) and availability
Red Hat Linux 7 Standard edition: $29.95; Red Hat Linux 7 Deluxe edition: $79.95; and Red Hat Linux 7 Professional edition: $179.95. All versions are available from and through retail outlets worldwide. September 26 availability for ftp download.

Red Hat Network is available to all Red Hat Linux 7 users from September 26 through December 31 on a free trial basis, with functionality to be added for Red Hat Linux 6.2 users soon. For more information, see

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more:

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