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Red Hat Network has shocked many users of its Linux distro by informing them 1) that it will discontinue maintenance on Red Hat Linux 7.x and 8.0 by the end of 2003; 2) that it will discontinue maintenance on Red Hat 9.0 by the end of April, 2004; and 3) that it does not plan to release another product in the Red Hat Linux line. Here is the full text of an e-mail sent out this morning, courtesy of NewsForge: Thank you for being a Red Hat Network customer. This e-mail provides you with important information about the upcoming discontinuation of Red Hat Linux, and resources to assist you with your migration to another Red Hat solution. As previously communicated, Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 as of December 31, 2003. Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 9 as of Apri... (more)

Red Hat May Have Difficulty Trademarking "Fedora" Name

In September if this year, Red Hat applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark - to cover its use of "Fedora" in operating systems and related goods and services. As the New York Times pointed out yesterday, "Red Hat's Fedora Project site already treats the name as a trademark and cites legal guidelines for using the term." Here is what the site says: The Fedora Name Fedora is now a trademark of Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat will defend this trademark in order to protect the integrity of The Fedora Project. The rules for using the Fedora trademark will be generally mo... (more)

Red Hat's Hogan Comments on UserLinux

The following three replies are taken from a longer Q & A just published at www.LinuxQuestions.org. Hogan, Manager of Community Relations at Red Hat, does not seem unduly concerned about UserLinux.   Q. What are your thoughts on UserLinux? Hogan: It's a great boost for Debian efforts (meaning the part of the announcement regarding funding). I'm not sure what some of the statements about "proprietary open source" were about, but you say what makes the trades, I guess. I'm still not sure if it's an effort to get funding being Debian-based distros, or a reaction to things Red Hat i... (more)

Red Hat and Other Linux Vendors Warn of Security Holes in Linux

Major Linux vendors, including Novell, Red Hat, Gentoo, and MandrakeSoft, have warned of potential security holes in two Linux components. The vulnerabilities are related to LHA, a compression module, and lmlib, a library used in graphics viewing applications in Gnome. Patches are available to correct both possible entry points.   Marcus Meissner of Novell’s SUSE Linux, said Imlib contains a bug that enables execution of harmful code, if a user is fooled into viewing a series of tainted bit-map image fi... (more)

Red Hat Fields RHEL 5 Beta 2

Red Hat has released its second Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 beta, pushing it our earlier than expected in an apparent response to Microsoft and Novell having smoked the peace pipe. The beta has Xen virtualization coupled with clustering support, something Novell has been out with since July. As Al Gillen over at IDC observes, incorporating virtualization technologies into the operating system is a "major industry development" that will have a "long-term impact on how customers design their computer infrastructure, how they deploy and how they plan for scalability, availabil... (more)