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[rhelv5-announce] Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Now Available



Red Hat has shipped Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5!  Thank you to all of
you for your significant testing efforts and partnership, and your
collaboration in our Red Hat Enterprise Linux development efforts which
has been a critical factor in reaching this milestone.  The official
Red Hat Enterprise Linux press release appears below.

Red Hat has created the following public mailing lists for discussing
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 issues:

* rhel5-list redhat com
  Subscribe: https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rhelv5-list

  A public general discussion mailing list for RHEL 5 users.

* rhelv5-announce redhat com
  Subscribe: https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rhelv5-announce

  A low-volume, moderated, announcement-only mailing list.  Red Hat
  will use this list to communicate one-way information about RHEL 5
  beta programs, such as notifications when updates are
  available or solicitations for beta feedback.

Thank you again for your ongoing collaboration in Red Hat Enterprise
Linux.

Regards,

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux team

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Red Hat Initiates Long-term Plan for Customer Value

Red Hat announces availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the
Company's most significant collaboration with customers to date; unveils
plans to model services and partnerships using same open, collaborative
philosophy.

SAN FRANCISCO - March 14, 2007 - Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's
leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the
availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Created in close
collaboration with customers, Enterprise Linux 5 is the cornerstone of a
company-wide push to deliver additional value to customers throughout
their experience with Red Hat. Red Hat is taking the open source
collaborative principles that customers are using today to drive down
software acquisition and management costs and applying them to other
parts of the business, including services, systems management and
partnerships.

"We have been developing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for two years with
our customers and partners driving the agenda. Their pain points were
clear: they were unable to consume all of the technology being sold to
them, and it was not solving their business problems effectively. Our
resolve has been and will always be that we will deliver software that
solves real business needs," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President
of Engineering, Red Hat. "Our announcements today demonstrate how we
apply this philosophy to all parts of our business."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the cornerstone of the Company's Open Source
Architecture. Initially launched in 2002, Red Hat Enterprise Linux can
be found in the majority of Fortune 500 environments, and is renowned
for performance, value and reliability. Customers are now seeking to
deploy open source technology in increasingly complex workloads, using
the latest in open source technology but with the proven stability of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

In response, Red Hat has worked with them to create Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 5. Today Red Hat is announcing the availability of the Advanced
Platform, for mission-critical server deployments, as well as an updated
Enterprise Desktop for user productivity. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Advanced Platform is the world's most compelling operating environment.
Once again, Red Hat is redefining what "value" means in the IT industry.
With Advanced Platform, customers are able to greatly reduce the cost
and complexity of purchasing, integrating and managing separate
virtualization, storage management and high availability software.
Ultimately, Advanced Platform allows customers to shift their investment
away from costly infrastructure and back into their business.

"AMD and Red Hat have been leading the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit
computing for years and with the AMD64 processor platform, our joint
customers have come to depend on AMD and Red Hat to deliver efficient,
high performing and stable solutions," said Terri Hall, vice president,
Software Solutions and Alliances, AMD. "At AMD, we've long been focused
on developing technology that enables virtualization on the AMD64
platform and we've been excited to work closely with Red Hat to help
customers deploy powerful and secure virtualization technologies based
on a common and consistent architecture. Together, hardware-assisted AMD
Virtualizationª technology and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, will help
customers achieve higher levels of efficiency and utilization as they
deploy their virtualization strategies."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 significantly extends the attributes for
which the product is renowned. Enhancements include additional
performance, scalability and security features, extensive new hardware
support, expanded development environment and toolset, improved
interoperability with Microsoft® Windows® and Unix.

"By closely collaborating since the early stages, Intel and Red Hat have
innovated and accelerated new technologies such as virtualization," said
Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Software and
Solutions Group. "The combination of leading edge Quad-Core Intel® Xeon®
processor-based platforms and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 gives our
customers impressive performance, power savings and reliability."

Red Hat Systems Management

While the introduction of virtualization creates new opportunities to
drive down costs, customers need to manage the complexity of virtual
environments. The technology that Red Hat has developed to deliver our
software and updates to our customers now extends its capabilities to
virtualized environments.

   * Managing: Red Hat Network Satellite provides new capabilities to
     manage virtualized systems, including the ability to detect and
     create Enterprise Linux based guests and bring them into a managed
     environment. Other administrative capabilities for controlling the
     operation of guests are also provided.
   * Modules: Red Hat Network Satellite modules including Update,
     Management, Provisioning and Monitoring are all extended to work
     on hosts and guests alike. Subscribers now have the ability to
     manage a thousand virtual systems as a single system would be
     managed.

Red Hat Solutions

Red Hat customers have been asking for more than just technology to be
successful in their use of open source. Adoption of best practices and
integration support are equally important. In response, Red Hat has
worked with customers to define three standard solution offerings,
available today, that combine Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 technology with
comprehensive professional services and training.

   * Red Hat Datacenter Solution: A turnkey platform with everything
     needed to implement a datacenter (or migrate an existing data
     center to open source). The solution includes Advanced Platform,
     systems management, provisioning, high availability, identity
     management, consulting and training services. Two versions are
     available - one for small and one for large datacenters.
   * Red Hat Database Availability Solution: A platform enabling
     existing databases (including Oracle, Sybase, MySQL EnterpriseDB,
     DB2 and others) to deliver all the reliability of clustered
     database systems, at savings of $200,000 or more per database,
     compared to the cost of the leading clustered database system.
   * Red Hat High Performance Computing Solution: A platform which
     enables engineers, researchers and financial analysts to solve
     difficult computational problems quickly, to deliver increased
     profit and competitive advantage. It harnesses computing power
     distributed throughout the customer's network, and reduces
     complexity so that technical experts can focus on problem solving,
     not IT infrastructure.

Red Hat Global Services

Technology customers are in need of a simplified support experience that
spans their complex deployments, including both Red Hat software and
third party offerings. In response, Red Hat has simplified the standard
support Service Level Agreements (SLA), and created a joint customer
support center to solve issues, regardless of whether it's Red Hat
technology or a partner solution.

Today Red Hat is announcing the creation of the Red Hat Cooperative
Resolution Center. The Center will enable customers to experience the
benefits of the close, collaborative partnerships that Red Hat has
established with other leading technology providers by having a quicker
route to resolution. Here Red Hat will work with the support staff of
the customer's vendors to solve a problem, regardless of whether or not
Red Hat software was the cause.

"Nomura Securities International, Inc. recently experienced a complex
issue involving multiple technology providers. Red Hat representatives
quickly addressed the issue and worked in collaboration with other
vendors to provide us with a quick and effective resolution," said Leon
Chen, Director of Corporate Technology, Nomura. "This type of customer
service is highly appreciated."

Red Hat Partner Federation

Red Hat customers are demanding the benefits of open source beyond the
infrastructure level, but have been impeded by the complexity of
deploying open source business solutions. In response, Red Hat has
worked with customers and partners to develop Red Hat Exchange (RHX),
which provides pre-integrated business application software stacks
including infrastructure software from Red Hat and business application
software from Red Hat partners.

RHX is a single source for research, purchase, online fullfillment and
support of open source and other commercial software business
application stacks. Through RHX, customers will be able to acquire
pre-integrated open source software solutions incorporating
infrastructure software from Red Hat and business application software
from Red Hat partners. Red Hat will provide a single point of delivery
and support for all elements of the software stacks.

Through RHX, Red Hat seeks to reduce the complexity of deploying
business applications and support the development of an active ecosystem
of commercial open source business application partners. RHX will be
available later this year.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Red Hat Advanced Platform, Red Hat Systems
Management, Red Hat Solutions and Red Hat Exchange represent the
priority Red Hat places on customer-driven innovation. For more
information, please visit http://www.redhat.com.

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