RedHat va laisser tomber les produits Linux gratuits pour favoriser les produits « entreprises ».

Il laissera tomber le support des versions 7,1 à 9 en avril prochain ….

Red Hat to drop free Linux products in favor of Enterprise

It will drop support for Versions 7.1 through 9 by next April

Story by David Legard,10801,86827,00.html

NOVEMBER 04, 2003 ( IDG NEWS SERVICE ) – Prominent Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. is dropping its free Linux product range and asking customers to migrate to its priced Enterprise Linux, the company said yesterday.
In a statement on its Web site, Red Hat said it will end maintenance and errata support for Linux Versions 7.1 through 8.0 on Dec. 31 and for its most recent system, Version 9, on April 30, 2004. Red Hat Linux can still be downloaded free, but the boxed versions that were on sale for between $39.95 and $149.95 are no longer available. No future versions will be developed, the Raleigh, N.C.-based company said.

Red Hat has characterized its free Linux product, which has been available since 1994, as « a general-purpose, low-cost solution that … attempted to be all things to all people. »

By contrast, Enterprise Linux has been certified by a wide range of hardware and application software vendors, Red Hat said.

The company is offering its users a choice between two upgrade paths — either to the stable Enterprise Linux product, which starts at $179, or to its developer-oriented Fedora Project, which is available as a free download.

The Enterprise Linux product comes in three versions: AS for large corporate environments, ES for smaller offices and WS for workstation/desktop use. Each of these products is offered in basic, standard and premium editions, depending on the level of support required.

The basic edition of Enterprise Linux WS costs $179, while the premium edition of AS for IBM zSeries and S/390 costs $18,000, according to Red Hat.

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