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Linux Journal: Fedora and Red Hat to Merge

Sep 30, 2003, 18:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Curley)

"On Monday, September 22, Red Hat sent out an announcement about the future direction of Red Hat Linux: it will be merged with Fedora Linux. This is not a corporate merger; instead, it is a change in how Red Hat Linux is maintained and supported. The result is the Fedora Project. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is unaffected by this merger and will continue to be a Red Hat product.

"The main reason for the Red Hat/Fedora merger is straight-forward: Red Hat is a for-profit company, not a charity. In short, Red Hat loses money on Red Hat Linux. Turning it over to Fedora will help keep the company profitable. One bit of fallout is the boxed sets will no longer be available in stores. However, third parties may distribute Fedora, provided they follow Red Hat's trademark guidelines.

"Although a lot of details are yet to be sorted out, the outlines of the new project are clear: Red Hat will no longer make, maintain or support new releases of its former low end product, Red Hat Linux. Existing Red Hat Linux products will be supported until the end of their product lives, as previously announced..."

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