Red Hat Linux 7.1 With 2.4 Kernel Available for Compaq Alpha Server Systems

Red Hat and Compaq to Deliver Latest Version of Leading Open Source Operating System for the Alpha Platform

Research Triangle Park, NC—June 21, 2001—Red Hat, Inc., the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, announced today the availability of Red Hat Deluxe for Compaq Computer Corporation's AlphaServer systems.

"Compaq's expanding commitment to Red Hat Linux illustrates the growing momentum for open source and Internet solutions," said Paul Cormier, VP of Engineering, Red Hat, Inc. "The combination of Compaq's powerful server and workstation solutions and Red Hat Linux delivers Internet and enterprise computing to our customers."

``Compaq is the number one supplier of Linux systems, giving customers the broadest range of robust, industry leading platforms to implement Linux solutions," said Gary Campbell, vice president and chief technical officers, enterprise servers. ``Red Hat's new Red Hat Linux 7.1 offers Compaq Alpha users new levels of performance and reliability to meet the computing needs of our customers worldwide.''

Red Hat Deluxe for AlphaServer systems 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 7.1 includes the new 2.4 kernel with improved SMP support for superior performance. Red Hat Linux 7.1 also delivers new configuration tools that enable users to effortlessly set up and administer DNS, Web and print servers. This release features Red Hat Network connectivity, including software manager.

Red Hat Linux 7.1 Open Source Operating System for Compaq AlphaServer systems
Red Hat Linux 7.1 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 7.1 include:

For a complete list of new features, visit:

Red Hat Deluxe for AlphaServer systems (in USD) and Availability
Red Hat Deluxe for AlphaServer systems is priced at $99.95 and is available from and through select North American retail outlets.

Red Hat Network is available to all users Red Hat Linux 7.1, including Red Hat Deluxe for Alpha Server systems. For more information, see

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