Red Hat Updates Linux Suite

Red Hat Inc. Monday officially announced the latest version of its suite of Linux products, Red Hat Linux 6.1.

Coming on the heels of Sun’s recent
decision
to open-source its Solaris operating system, this latest
version includes automatic software update notification, improved
management and installation tools, and the Linux 2.2.12 kernel.

True to its
open-source nature, the entire package is available for free on Red Hat’s
FTP servers, though the rush of first-on-the-block downloaders has made
access next to impossible for most of the day. For those with a few bucks
to burn, shrink-wrapped packages (we’re talkin’ CD’s in boxes here, the
real McCoy) are available at prices ranging from $29.95 to $140.95.

Details on the updates contained in this latest Linux release were a bit
few-and-far-between, but here’s what we know:

  • Kernel 2.2.12
  • Improved Installation Tools
  • Red Hat Update Agent — keeps software packages up-to-date
  • PIII and Xeon Support and Optimization
  • LDAP Integration
  • StarOffice v5.1a

    Though these updates are considered significant by Red Hat — at least
    enough so that it updated their version number from 6.0 to 6.1 — some
    Linux users are already
    saying
    they’d rather wait for important core Linux updates coming soon,
    including the Linux 2.4 kernel and XFree86 4. Wall Street paid detractors
    no heed however, Red Hat’s stock (RHAT) was 1 1/2 points to 88 15/16 in afternoon
    trading.

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