[svlug] Red Hat pulls plugs on Red Hat Linux product line
kim at linuxpuppy.net
Tue Nov 4 13:23:10 PST 2003
Red Hat yesterday unveiled its answer to the vexed question of what it should
do about its consumer line - dump it. This is not quite how CEO Matthew
Szulik put it to The Register over lunch yesterday, nor indeed did he say
flat out 'oh, by the way, we're shooting the Red Hat Linux distribution when
North Carolina wakes up, bye now,' but that is indeed what the company did.
Red Hat maintenance and support for Red Hat linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 will
end as of 31st December 2003, and for Red Hat 9 as of 30th April 2004. "Red
Hat does not plan to release another product in the Red Hat Linux line," says
the 'you're fired' email sent out to The Register's Red Hat Network account
yesterday. Red Hat Linux channels will remain open for six months after the
product's end of life date, but no new errata will be posted after EOL, and
no Red Hat Network support accounts could be bought or renewed as of
yesterday. So it's very dead, very soon, and Red Hat is now about Red Hat
Enterprise and... Fedora.
And Novell is buying SuSE...
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