I'm wearing a very special hat today to celebrate the official release of Fedora 8, the latest version of the community-driven Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat. Codenamed Werewolf, this release serves up some very impressive new features and includes a new visual style.
SOFTWARE maker Red Hat, which had planned to introduce a new version of its Linux software for personal computers in August, said that the product won't be out until next month at the earliest.
The rival to Microsoft's Windows and Novell's Suse Linux, which Red Hat plans to sell in developing countries, had previously been pushed back to a September launch.
Red Hat said on Thursday it will delay the August release of its Global Desktop Linux software. It will now not be available until September, product manager Gerry Riveros told Reuters in an email.
The product includes Linux operating-system software and other compatible programs for desktop and laptop personal computers.
Tough competition appears to be driving profits down for Red Hat but the company has hung on to one marquee customer, Yahoo, despite recent reports to the contrary.
Profits were down in Red Hat's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Feb. 28, to US$20.5 million from US$27.3 million in the same quarter last year.
Red Hat is under increasing pressure from competitors including Oracle, which now offers a support program for users of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux, and Microsoft, which poses a new threat through its relationship with Novell.
Red Hat released the latest version of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL) flagship product today with a flurry of new features, upgrades and improvements.
The RHEL 5 release comes as Red Hat faces a multi-front battle in the operating systems space against rivals Microsoft, Novell and Oracle. In this release, Red Hat is touting new virtualization, security, storage and application options that it hopes will keep it ahead of competitors making a run for Red Hat's market share.