Red Hat Linux 9 Features Latest Open Source Technologies


United States, March 31, 2003

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

"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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