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Linux and Main: Red Hat to Abandon Retail Channel

Jul 21, 2003, 14:00 (29 Talkback[s])

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"Red Hat, the leading American distributor of Linux, is abandoning the retail channel, the company is expected to announce Monday.

"The company's next major release, codenamed 'Cambridge,' will not be provided in boxed, retail form, according to company communications with employees and developers, which have been made available to Linux and Main.

"Additionally, Red Hat plans extensive changes in its development and distribution model. The changes will begin with development lists being made public, and will be followed by return of package maintanence to the developers themselves. Currently, packages are 'handed over' to Red Hat developers, who then tune them for inclusion in a particular version. Under the new system, developers will maintain control of the packages..."

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