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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)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Subscribers Less Vulnerable to Security Holes, Report Says

"There are many research reports that try to compare the number of vulnerabilities between Linux and other operating systems but none take into account the severity of the issues," said Mark Cox, head of the Red Hat security response team, as RH announced this week that Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers were less susceptible to network security holes than users of other platforms according to a recently published report by the SANS Institute. The report identified the top twenty Internet security vulnerabilities. Of the twenty, only two affected Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscr... (more)

Red Hat Certifies Key Open Source Stacks

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source to the enterprise, announced a new service to provide full certification and production support for key open source software stacks, available online through Red Hat Network. Starting in early 2006, Red Hat will offer three new stacks aimed at simplifying and standardizing open source application stacks, so that developers can focus on their applications instead of configuring the underlying platform. Each stack will be certified and supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and delivered in a subscription model. "Software developers are fam... (more)

Red Hat & Sybase Collaborate on Appliance

Red Hat and Sybase are collaborating on a database appliance with integrated virtualization, a first. The virtualization is supposed to provide on-demand resource management and increased database performance. It'll use Sybase's Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) and according to the Standish Group offer a solution that's 15%-37% cheaper than alternative solutions. Availability is expected in the second half. The appliance should eliminate the need for separate OS and database patches, with lower installation, configuration and maintenance costs. Sybase is also going to become a memb... (more)

Red Hat Releases RHEL 5.1 with Integrated Virtualization

"Other virtualization products don't scale to support large numbers of cores or CPUs, which limit customers’ ability to utilize their infrastructure, or force customers to deploy multiple virtualization platforms," said Paul Cormier, EVP of Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat, as the Raleigh, NC-based company this week released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 , with integrated virtualization. "With Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualization, customers can easily deploy any application, anywhere at anytime," Cormier added. According to Red Hat, whose CTO Brian Stevens on Tuesday will b... (more)