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Red Hat's off with Dell

The latest version of Red Hat Linux, version 7, will ship first on Dell's PowerEdge range of servers.

Dell has become the first company to offer Red Hat’s latest version of the Linux OS, version 7, on its commercial servers.

Dell PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations will ship with Red Hat Linux 7 installed immediately, with the open source operating system available on selected desktop and notebook PCs.

The new version of Red Hat features enhanced network security functions, and improved installation and deployment features. The end-user also has a more advanced desktop environment and increased digital software options.

The system is designed to be easier to use and to integrate into a company IT infrastructure. In recent testing using the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s benchmark for web server performance, Dell PowerEdge servers were ranked as the fastest web solutions out of 35 servers tested.

“The availability of Red Hat Linux 7 pre-installed on Dell client and server platforms delivers a critical new piece to the open standards enterprise computing landscape,” said Red Hat CEO and president Matthew Szulik. “Both Dell and Red Hat are recognised leaders in the Internet-based, next generation computing, and we believe that a Red Hat Linux 7 on Dell solution provides a great deal of value for our combined e-business customer base.”

The deployment of Red Hat 7 on Dell servers was greatly speeded by the strategic alliance between Dell and Red Hat. The One Source Alliance, announced last June, involved both companies working closely on the new version to accelerate commercial development of Linux.

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