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ZDNet UK: Red Hat to ship Linux 7.1

Apr 20, 2001, 16:30 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Lee)

"Open source platform developer Red Hat expects to ship its Linux 7.1 operating system imminently, with improvements for better multiprocessor performance and virus protection. However, some analysts argued that few European firms will invest in operating systems upgrades during a period when IT budgets are tight...."

"Despite the firm's optimism about the product, Alan Pelz-Sharpe, principal consultant at industry watcher Ovum, had reservations over the timing of the launch. 'This release is not going to impact the market. You can look at all the improvements for users, but there's no getting away from economic conditions,' he said. 'Look at Cisco's problems. It's infrastructure that takes the first big hit when IT spending falls. If what you've got works, it's tough to build a business case for upgrading the 'invisibles'."

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