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Red Hat 4.2 Now Shipping

Stable and Secure Red Hat Linux 4.2 Operating System Now Shipping

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The most stable and secure Linux operating system ever released is now available for Intel PC's, Alpha, and SPARC computers. Red Hat, Inc. , announces the release of Red Hat Linux 4.2, the cooperatively developed desktop operating system for advanced computing solutions.

Red Hat Linux 4.2 includes all the latest Linux tools and utilities, and a 30% improvement in networking speed with the modular 2.0.30 kernel. It excels as a high performance server in extremely demanding environments, from se rving secure web pages to hosting large databases. Red Hat Linux 4.2 also performs as a user friendly, incredibly stable desktop client for applications from software development, to X-Terminal (thin client), to fast and reliable web browsing. Over 200 updated packages and 19 new packages contribute to the industrial strength performance, and simplified maintenance of this new version.

Red Hat Linux leads the industry in producing the most up-to-date security features, enabling increased resistance to intranet and internet-based attacks. Among these features are the latest versions of sendmail, BIND, INN, Apache, and others. Red Hat Linux 4.2 supports standard UNIX password authentication, as well as providing shadow password and MD5 password support for additional security. The most recent version of the Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM 0.57) system allows further authentication methods to be written and dynamically added to support special security needs.

The "Official" Red Hat Linux 4.2 / Intel boxed set offers end-users additional value with the inclusion of Metro-X 3.1.5 advanced X server from Metro Link, and Red Baron, a secure web browser . "Official" Red Hat Linux 4.2 boxed sets for Intel, Alpha, and SPARC computers are available at software dealers, and directly from Red Hat, Inc. Boxed sets contain two CD-Roms, boot diskettes, and the Red Hat Linux 4.2 User's Guide. Suggested retail price is around $49.95.

Red Hat Linux 4.2, published under the GNU general public license, may be downloaded from Red Hat's FTP site, ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-4.2, and many mirror sites.

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: http://www.redhat.com

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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