Red Hat Linux 7 Available for Compaq Alpha
Red Hat and Compaq to Deliver Latest Version of Leading Open Source Operating System for the Alpha Platform
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—November 27, 2000—Red Hat, Inc., the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, announced today the availability of Red Hat Alpha Deluxe for Compaq Computer Corporation's Alpha products, which include Compaq's AlphaServer DS and ES series and all Compaq AlphaStations. In addition, Red Hat Linux 7 is bundled and pre-loaded on selected Compaq ProLiant Servers and selected Compaq Deskpro models. This expanded relationship continues the growing momentum and widespread industry adoption of Red Hat Linux.
"Compaq's expanding commitment to Red Hat Linux illustrates the growing momentum for open source and Internet solutions," said Bob Cymbalski, VP Product Management, Red Hat, Inc. "The combination of Compaq's AlphaServer and AlphaStation solutions and Red Hat Linux delivers Internet and enterprise computing to our customers."
"Compaq gives customers the broadest range of robust, industry leading offerings to implement their Linux solutions," said Don Harbert, Vice President and General Manager of the High Performance Server Business Unit at Compaq Computer Corporation. "Red Hat's new Red Hat Linux 7 with features like enhanced security and ease-of-use offer Compaq Alpha users new levels of performance and reliability to meet the computing needs of customers worldwide."
Red Hat Alpha Deluxe is part of Red Hat's complete family of open source solutions for today's Internet economy--including e-commerce servers with Stronghold Apache and the growing number of embedded, Internet-enabled devices. Red Hat Linux 7 provides enhanced security, new ease-of-use features and optimized software for new AlphaServers, along with dozens of new enterprise-ready applications, extending its lead as the most powerful and widely used open source server environment in the world. Through the new Red Hat Network -- available now to all Red Hat Linux 7 users on a free trial basis (see related press release, September 25 http://www.redhat.com/about/2000/) -- Red Hat is pioneering a new way to deliver open source products, service, support and information on-line in real-time.
Red Hat Linux 7 Open Source Operating System for Compaq Alpha
Red Hat Linux 7 is the latest major edition of the award-winning open source operating system. It provides the open source flexibility, scalability and manageability necessary to bring the most ambitious Linux initiative under the control of an integrated Internet computing platform. Important new capabilities provided by Red Hat Linux 7 include:
For Enterprise IT Departments - integrated security with OpenSSL for secure communication via the web; MySQL database; and pre-set for the arrival of the 2.4 kernel.
For Workstation users - more customizable desktop environment; more software to choose from including digital photography viewing and diagram drawing programs; increased security for default installations to protect users who use cable modems or ADSL to reach the Internet.
For Developers - enhanced internationalization sub-system, more complete C++ support with new compiler; updated development suite; and a preview of many new development tools such as the new GNU compiler for the Java programming language.
Red Hat Alpha Deluxe includes:
Compaq FORTRAN Compiler for Linux Alpha, Compaq C for Linux Alpha, Compaq C++ for Linux Alpha, Compaq Portable Math Library (CPML), Compaq Extended Math Library (CXML), and more.
JumpStart!: A utility to automatically partition hard drives, set up environment variables and prepare for installation.
90 days web support, 90-day free Red Hat Network trial, 30 days phone support.
Red Hat's comprehensive services and support organization round out an enterprise solution that delivers the tools and performance necessary to translate the promise of open source into high-value, scalable Internet infrastructure implementations.
Red Hat Alpha Deluxe (in USD) and Availability
Red Hat Alpha Deluxe is priced at $79.95 and is available from redhat.com and through select retail outlets worldwide.
Red Hat Network is available to all users Red Hat Linux 7, including Red Hat Alpha Deluxe. For more information, see www.redhat.com/network.
Open Source Momentum
International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years, and their preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998. IDC also states that Red Hat holds 50.2 percent of Linux vendor market share and that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users.
Research firm Netcraft, Inc. (http://www.netcraft.com/), states that as of May 2000, 30 percent of all public Web sites run on Linux-based operating systems, making Linux the most popular choice for deploying public Web sites. IDC research shows 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet related applications, firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure.
Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs.
Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Dell, Compaq, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle and SAP.
About Red Hat, Inc.
Founded in 1994, Red Hat (Nasdaq:RHAT), is the leader in development, deployment and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure ranging from small embedded devices to high availability clusters and secure web servers. In addition to the award-winning Red Hat Linux server operating system, Red Hat is the principle provider of GNU-based developer tools and support solutions for a wide variety of embedded processors. Red Hat provides run-time solutions, developer tools, Linux kernel expertise and offers support and engineering services to organizations in all embedded and Linux markets.
Red Hat applies its technological leadership to create open source solutions for all points on the Internet and in pervasive computing environments, offers services backed by the best understanding of open source and the most comprehensive resources, and delivers the brand of a widely trusted open source leader and corporate partner. Red Hat offers users one single, trusted point of contact and a common platform for developing, deploying and managing open source across the Internet and devices that connect to the Internet.
Red Hat is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Please visit Red Hat on the Web at http://www.redhat.com/index.html.
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