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eWeek: Red Hat to unveil Linux subscription service

“Red Hat Inc. next week will announce a bold new concept in the
provision of its Linux software to users.”

“The Research Triangle Park, N.C., company, the country’s
largest provider of Linux software, on Monday will launch the Red
Hat Network, according to Paul McNamara, vice president of Products
and Platforms. This is essentially a subscription service that
connects customers to Red Hat’s central office, allowing them to
receive all Red Hat Linux software updates and patches as well as
news of kernel and other Linux developments for a monthly
fee.

“While this approach appears similar to the model used by ASPs
(application service providers), the difference is that Red Hat
will deliver the actual software over the Internet or on CD, which
customers can install locally, both for servers and embedded
devices like cell phones.”


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