"Yesterday we issued an announcement that we'd be making our
next release, Red Hat Linux 9, available early for RHN subscribers.
It was lacking some supporting info, and as you'd expect, we got a
lot of questions. Most notably, 'Why 9?' and 'Why drop the
"Being in the know, as it were, I knew most of the reasons, most
of which are easy to spot, even from the outside. But in my
tireless quest to keep you folks as informed as I can, I had to
find out what the official response was.
"So I asked around. Most of marketing was in 'meetings,'
unavailable for commentary. I took an informal poll of the rest of
the company, as to why we might do such a thing. And this is what I
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