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Red Hat 9 To Be Released Next Week

Mar 25, 2003, 01:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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Red Hat Network members have received news of a major release of Red Hat Linux 9, which RHN members will be able to download as early as March 31.

The message, which was sent to all RHN members, is accompanied by an announcement on the Red Hat site that details how to get Red Hat 9.

According to the message, all paying members of the RHN will be allowed to start downloading the ISOs for Red Hat 9.0 beginning on March 31 at 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT). The early access is being touted as a premium to RHN members.

"For the past couple months we've gathered feedback and listened to our customers," the message reads "We've heard that one of the things you want most is early access to Red Hat Linux ISOs."

This early access will be available to RHN members a full week before Red Hat Linux 9 will be available to the general public via FTP or software purchase. The general release date will be made on April 7.

Members of the general public can still get in on the deal, as Red Hat is playing up memberships to the RHN beginning at US$60/year, according to the Red Hat 9 announcement site.

This will not be the only improvement RHN members will be receiving. "You also asked for improved technical support," the message continues. "Beginning March 31st, you will notice an improved Red Hat Network FAQ, and you will also notice that Red Hat Network technical support (with a Service Level Agreement) is being extended to paying customers."

No word has been received on what the new version of Red Hat will feature, though Phoebe beta testers will very likely be able to make some good guesses. The last beta of Red Hat (8.0.94) featured "updates to the kernel and glibc for NPTL thread support, GNOME 2.2, KDE 3.1, and many bugfixes," according to the Red Hat beta team's announcement.

The bump to version 9 runs somewhat counter to Red Hat's usual versioning pattern, since Red Hat typically issues point releases (e.g., 8.1, 8.2, etc.) before jumping to a "dot oh" version. No comments have been released by the company concerning this decision as this story was posted.

Red Hat 9 Announcement Page

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