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ServerWatch: Will Red Hat Take Linux to Enterprise Heights?

Feb 25, 2004, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"In North America, 'Red Hat' has long been synonymous with 'Linux.' In the past few years, the company has shifted its emphasis to its 'Enterprise Linux' line, which includes a workstation edition, a small-to-midlevel server offering, and a high-end edition able to run on anything from high-end x86 gear to mainframes.

"The middle point in the company's Enterprise Linux line is Red Hat Enterprise Server (ES). ES is meant to pull duty as a basic departmental-level or edge server. It is limited to x86 hardware and, unlike its more costly sibling (Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server), it isn't meant to exceed a 2-way system with 8 GB of main memory.

"Red Hat ES ships as either a collection of downloadable ISO images (available through the Red Hat Network) and a less robust support package called the 'Basic Edition,' or as a media kit with CDs and an installation guide with more support called the 'Standard Edition.' The Basic Edition is priced at $349, the Standard Edition $799. Red Hat Linux 9 customers, who may still be feeling burned by the company's decision to end-of-life the product this April, can receive half off the price of each for the next two years..."

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