Red Hat Linux 7.1 Arrives
Red Hat Linux 7.1 includes the new 2.4 kernel with improved SMP support for superior performance on Intel multiprocessor platforms. It also delivers new configuration tools designed to enable users to effortlessly set up and administer DNS, Web, and print servers.Red Hat, Inc. Monday announced the availability of Red Hat Linux 7.1, the latest version of its adaptation of the popular open source server operating environment.
"Red Hat Linux is firmly embedded in today''s computing infrastructure. The release of Red Hat Linux 7.1 and the first in a series of Red Hat Network subscription services makes it easy for organizations to quickly realize the benefits of open source computing," Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat, said in a prepared statement.
The 2.4 Kernel, which aims to position Red Hat Linux as an enterprise-class operating system, is v7.1''s major addition. The kernel provides significantly improved multiprocessor support. It eliminates the PCI bus limit, makes virtual memory effectively limitless, supports 64 GB of physical RAM and a greater number of users and groups, includes a revised scheduler to handle more processes, and carries increased and improved device support, as well as an improved multi-threaded network stack.
Among the other changes and enhancements to this release are the following:
- Red Hat Network Software Manager delivers Errata Alerts so users are automatically notified of new Errata and RPM updates that provide notification of new RPM packages.
- Improved security delivers secure default settings that keep ports closed and Internet utilities inactive until needed. A new firewall screen enables users to turn on or off as many features as desired.
- Configuration tools make system administration easier than ever with BIND, Apache and print tools.
- Installer enhancements provide a graphical Kickstart configuration tool for unattended installation and a new install class for laptop users.
- Increased internationalization supports global user communities with a fully translated GNOME interface in Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
A complete list of new features can be found at http://www.redhat.com/products/software/linux/rhl_new_features.html.
Red Hat Linux 7.1 is available in three versions, Standard, Deluxe, and Professional. All three versions include the Red Hat Linux operating system, installation manual, support, and Red Hat Network. Red Hat Linux Deluxe and Professional versions also offer productivity applications (some in trial versions and some in full), StarOffice Office Suite, Loki Games CD and user guides.
Standard comes with 30 days of Web-based support and 30 days access to Red Hat Network Software Manager for one system. It is priced at $39.95.
Deluxe comes with 60 days of access to Red Hat Network Software Manager for up to five systems, and 60 days of telephone and Web support. It is priced at $79.95.
Professional includes 90 days of Red Hat Network Software Manager for up to 10 systems, and 90 days of telephone and Web support. This version also provides support for Software RAID Configuration and Apache and BIND configuration. It is priced at $179.95.
All versions are available for purchase from Red Hat''s site and will hit retail outlets worldwide on April 24.
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