Red Hat to Launch Version 8.0 Next Week

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-09-26 Print this article Print

The Linux provider will on Monday release the next version of its personal and professional Linux operating system.

Linux provider Red Hat Inc. will on Monday release the next version of its personal and professional Linux operating system. The company is hoping Red Hat 8.0 will help expand its reach into new markets, including call centers and those users who run single purpose trading or other applications.
"We try and expand potential markets and the user-base with every release of the product. Usability was clearly the step we needed to take with this product," Erik Troan, a senior director at Red Hat, told eWeek in an interview.
While there is a growing number of client-side applications where Linux would be well suited, Red Hat Linux 8.0 is not a general desktop offering. "We think it is becoming far more of a client operating system," he said. "If you are, for example, running a call center and your primary job is using a Web browser to get to your information and if, maybe, you need to run a spreadsheet so you can fax off a financial analysis to someone, Red Hat 8.0 is going to be very attractive to you." Red Hat also is quite aware that the product would not displace Microsoft Corp.s Windows operating system in the mass consumer market. "We are expanding our scope to include technology enthusiasts, those running Windows and Macs today who are curious about Linux," Troan said. Red Hat has also configured the KDE and GNOME desktop environments to look and behave in similar fashion, a move that has created some controversy. Among the new and advanced features designed to enhance usability in 8.0 are the user-friendly desktop with numerous graphical enhancements and icons, a robust suite of configuration tools, a graphical tool to easily customize security settings and the Red Hat Network integration, which allows point-and-click utilities to monitor and integrate existing system updates. Also included are the desktop productivity suite, the Apache 2.0 Web server, Mozilla browser as well as e-mail, calendaring, contact management capabilities. The personal version of the product retails for $39.95, which includes Red Hat Network basic service for 30 days for a single system and 30 days Web-based support. The professional version sells for $149.95 and comes with 60 days basic service from Red Hat network, as well as 60 days of Web- and telephone-based support. Red Hat and HP also recently announced the availability of the Advanced Workstation on the IA 64 architecture. But there would be an Advanced Workstation release for IA32 later this year, Troan said. Red Hat has also been busy making deals. It inked a multiyear alliance with IBM earlier this month that includes services and expanded support for servers and software. That followed several other deals announced recently. At the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco last month the Raleigh, N.C., company announced it will support Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s upcoming 64-bit Opteron chip with a special release of its Advanced Server software next year. Also at that show, Dell Computer Corp. announced new professional services designed to accelerate the deployment of Linux in the enterprise, part of which will be jointly delivered with Red Hat. The agreement extends the One Source Alliance between the two companies to help customers migrate from proprietary Unix systems to Linux. Related News:
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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

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