It seems Red Hat (Quote, Company Info) is going to skip maintenance builds
for its Red Hat Linux 8 distribution and skip directly to version 9.
Red Hat plans to skip its traditional intermediate releases and head straight to a release of Red Hat 9 on April 7. Red Hat Network subscribers will get early access to downloads of the latest from the company.
The company said it will make Red Hat Linux 9 ISOs (ISOs are files
containing a CD-ROM disk image of a Linux distribution) available to
subscribers to its Red Hat Network on March 31. A week later, on April 7,
the company will make the distribution available on redhat.com, in stores and on Red Hat FTP.
The early release to Red Hat Network subscribers appears to be a marketing
strategy to bring users into the network, which costs $60 a year.
A letter, purportedly by Red Hat, appeared on slashdot Monday: “You may know that Red
Hat Network is the best way to keep your systems running the latest errata
and always up to date. What you might not know is that Red Hat Network
passed the one million users mark earlier this year. We’ve listened to
valuable feedback and have added two items of interest to keep those users
happy — early release of Red Hat Linux 9 ISOs and improved technical
The Red Hat Network offers technical support, errata updates, priority
access during peak times and immediate e-mail notification. However,
subscribers to the service do not receive printed documentation or Red Hat
Linux installation support, and the company suggested users looking for
those things should wait for Red Hat Linux 9 to hit the redhat.com site or
Those users will have access to source code and documentation manuals,
installation support, and a one- or two-month Basic Subscription to the Red