Red Hat Linux 7 and Red Hat Network Jump Out of the Gate with Support from Top Software Vendors

Industry Leaders Computer Associates, IBM Software Group, Lotus, Novell, and Tivoli Announce Support for Red Hat Linux 7, the latest version of the world's most popular open source server operating environment


Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, today announced that top software vendors, Computer Associates, IBM Corporation, Lotus, Novell, and Tivoli, will join them in the support of Red Hat Linux 7 and Red Hat Network, an Internet service for developing, deploying and managing a network of Red Hat Linux systems.

"Increased security, ease of use and manageability make Red Hat Linux 7 a full-featured solution for enterprise IT departments, workstation users and developers. Added to that, we have Red Hat Network, a service that gives users of the world's most popular Internet server operating system a new and convenient way to reduce costs of managing their Internet infrastructure by delivering the latest security and performance features to them through the Internet on a 24x7 basis," said Paul McNamara, vice president of Products and Platforms, Red Hat, Inc. "Red Hat Network simplifies deployment, delivers real- time service to keep systems healthy and adds a channel of distribution for the latest open source innovations. By providing a single point of contact through for delivery and management of a consistent flow of open source technologies, Red Hat Network delivers on the true promise of open source: Management of rapid innovation and global around-the-clock updates, which equals lower costs for IT departments."

"As part of our recently announced agreement with Red Hat, our industry-leading middleware, including DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server and Lotus Domino, will support Red Hat Linux 7 - giving customers the necessary tools to deploy Linux in the enterprise," said Scott Handy, director, Linux Solutions Marketing, IBM Software. "Today's announcement from Red Hat will help customers build and maintain valuable e-business solutions that leverage the Linux platform."

"Linux in general and Red Hat Linux in particular are rapidly gaining favor in corporate IT departments to support scalable, critical applications," said Michael Danziger, vice president, Strategic Alliances for Computer Associates. "CA is playing a major role in the worldwide embrace of Red Hat Linux by providing the enterprise class tools that serious applications require."

According to IDC, Red Hat holds 50.2 percent of Linux vendor market share. With the support of leaders across the technology industry, Red Hat provides the open source options, scalability, manageability, software choices and key industry partners necessary in the fast-moving Internet economy. Adobe Acrobat, IBM WebSphere Homepage Builder, RealNetworks' RealPlayer and Sun Microsystems' StarOffice Office Suite are available on the Application CD that ships with Red Hat Linux 7 Deluxe Edition. CA Unicenter TNG Framework, Novell Messaging and Directory Services and Veritas NetBackup, are available on the Application CD that ships with Red Hat Linux 7 Professional Edition. In addition, IBM's DB2 will ship on a separate CD with the Professional Edition.


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 Network capabilities
Red Hat Network technology will be a part of all of Red Hat's service offerings beginning in December, 2000. The features of Red Hat Network to be included with these offerings are:

  • customizable update management services to keep systems secured and functioning during rapid open source development cycles

  • security evaluation, notification and analysis services to help system administrators maintain the security of their networks

  • Web-based management interface for portability and remote management

  • tight integration with RPM to assure system software compatibility by automatically managing dependencies

  • support services from experts in the open source community and from Red Hat for maximum productivity and speed of problem resolution

Red Hat Network brings benefits to a wide range of users. Enterprise IT organizations will be more productive because they have a connection to Red Hat for technology, expertise and services. They can update functions, assure quality and security, and automate mundane system management tasks. Service providers can offer enhanced services and functionality to their customers through a managed deployment of Red Hat Linux that is secure, consistent and easily managed.


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


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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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