Red Hat ships version 7.1

The latest distribution of Red Hat Linux, the first to be based on the new 2.4 kernel, has been released, with the product targetted at the enterprise user

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 17, 2001

Red Hat has released its latest distribution of Linux, version 7.1, the first to be based on the new 2.4 kernel. The distribution contains a number functions and tools that, Red Hat says, make it ideal for enterprise users.

“Red Hat Linux is firmly embedded in today’s computing infrastructure,” said Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat. “The release and the first in a series of network subscription services makes it easy for organisations to quickly realise the benefits of open source computing. The elements of Red Hat Linux 7.1 work together to deliver the most powerful, automated open source operating system for fast growing enterprise and Internet infrastructure users.”

Among the features of the new release are improved support for multiprocessor platforms, more RAM and virtual memory, more users and groups, and more devices for networked enterprise environments. Improved security features provide greater control over port access and firewalls. GNOME and KDE interfaces provide more user-friendly graphical interfaces and better language support.

The 7.1 distribution is available in three versions that include Sun’s StarOffice productivity suite, and subscription to Red Hat’s Network Software Manager, an online service to provide support and updates for users.

Red Hat is the most popular Linux developer in the US, according to IDC figures, with 68% of US Linux users preferring Red Hat. Both Dell and IBM offer Red Hat preinstalled with their hardware. "Dell continues to see growing demand for powerful servers, workstations and notebook computers running Red Hat Linux backed with Red Hat's industry-leading support," said Rick Hoffman, director and general manager of Linux Development, Dell Enterprise Systems Group. "Red Hat Linux 7.1 offers our enterprise customers the scalability, performance and power they have been waiting for in their Linux-based infrastructures."

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