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Red Hat Network has shocked many users of its Linux distro by informing them 1) that it will discontinue maintenance on Red Hat Linux 7.x and 8.0 by the end of 2003; 2) that it will discontinue maintenance on Red Hat 9.0 by the end of April, 2004; and 3) that it does not plan to release another product in the Red Hat Linux line. Here is the full text of an e-mail sent out this morning, courtesy of NewsForge: Thank you for being a Red Hat Network customer. This e-mail provides you with important information about the upcoming discontinuation of Red Hat Linux, and resources to assist you with your migration to another Red Hat solution. As previously communicated, Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 as of December 31, 2003. Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 9 as of Apri... (more)

Open Source Company Emu to Sponsor Red Hat Summit 2006

Emu Software, a commercial open source configuration management vendor and sponsor of the Second Annual Red Hat Summit, will use the Summit to unveil the soon-to-be-released Red Hat Network (RHN) module for their NetDirector product. The module provides seamless integration between RHN’s patching and provisioning and NetDirector’s multi-server configuration management capabilities. Using the systems together, IT Managers and Systems Administrators benefit from a single point of entry for patching, provisioning and making granular configuration changes to individual an... (more)

Red Hat Desktop is First Deliverable of Red Hat's Strategy

During a press conference Tuesday in London, Red Hat announced its long-term client strategy, and described how the Red Hat Desktop will help achieve the company's goals. Matthew Szulik, Red Hat chairman and CEO, explained that Red Hat's client strategy was forged from the need for choice in the technology industry to drive innovation and forward thinking. "Open source is now causing the enterprise to question traditional models of software and software availability. This is an architectural alternative that extends from devices, through the network, and into the datacenter, depl... (more)

Forbes' "Red Hat = Linux" Spin Angers Sun Microsystems COO

Related Links: Schwartz "Totally Crazy" to Raise Idea of Sun Buying Novell, Says Analyst Most presidents and COOs of tech companies are glad to be mentioned in Forbes or anywhere else. Not Sun's president and COO Jonathan Schwartz. The following September 1 headline did not make Sun's  Jonathan Schwartz happy at all: "Sun Micro Still A Potential Threat To Linux," it declared. Not so, says Schwartz, who promptly devoted an entire blog entry to refuting Forbes's implication. What sparked the Forbes report in the first place was the news from Credit Suisse First Boston th... (more)

Red Hat Completes Acquisition of JBoss

Red Hat has announced the completion of its acquisition of JBoss. By acquiring JBoss, the global leader in open source middleware, Red Hat is now positioned to accelerate the shift to service-oriented architectures (SOA) and enable the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform. "Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss reflects a desire by our global customers to accelerate and expand the use of open source in the enterprise," said Matthew Szulik, Chairman and CEO, Red Hat. "The innovation and value of the open source platform continues ... (more)