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VNU Net: Linux hits the commercial market; Red Hat Network to boost corporate Linux sales

Feb 15, 2001, 15:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Guy Matthews)

"Perhaps most significant for the prosperity of Linux over the next 12 months is the hive of current activity among developers and distributors of commercial Linux solutions. ... Foremost among these is Red Hat. At LinuxWorld, chairman and former chief executive Bob Young, a now familiar figure on the industry event circuit and in the press, talked up Red Hat Network (RHN), the company's most important foray into satisfying commercial enterprise requirements."

"While RHN is ostensibly a subscription system for keeping Linux-based systems updated with the latest releases and fixes, it is also, he hinted, a way for companies like IBM to resell Red Hat's products and services, thus magnifying the company's global impact several fold. Young would not say whether a particular deal with Big Blue, or anyone else, had actually been signed to use RHN in this way, but clearly that cannot be far off. This is exactly the kind of opportunity he envisions for RHN."

"Those who hope to see Linux as a corporate mainstay, as opposed to an interesting experiment, are eagerly awaiting the first deal between Red Hat, or even another Linux distributor, and someone of the order of Compaq, Dell, Hewlett Packard or IBM to sell the operating system into their major accounts. This, in its turn, will transform the job of Linux distribution from one of shifting copies of a free product to one of providing lucrative services on a global basis."

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