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LWN: The end of Red Hat's silent period

Sep 07, 1999, 19:34 (2 Talkback[s])

"Red Hat Software's SEC-mandated silent period ended September 6. They are now able, once again, to talk about what they are up to. LWN talked for a few minutes with Donnie Barnes about where Red Hat is going in the near future."

"We asked whether they felt that 6.1 had been too long in coming, given that there are now more than 140MB of updates for 6.0. Donnie tells us that Red Hat feels "very comfortable" with the current release frequency. Most of the updates are not needed for most users, so the sheer bulk of them is not as bad as it may seem. There appear to be no plans to make more frequent releases in the future."

"Regarding Linux-Mandrake and other "value-added" distributions: Red Hat claims to be quite happy to see these distributions out there and successful. Their purpose is to "grow the open source pie as a whole," and the value-added distributions are a part of that. Red Hat is able to incorporate enhancements from distributions like Linux-Mandrake when it is worthwhile. They have, for example, taken some of the work that MandrakeSoft put into their KDE setup and folded it into Red Hat."

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