Red Hat Enterprise Linux v4 Targets Solaris
Red Hat has finally announced the much awaited, global availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.4 (RHEL v.4), which the Linux player claims can apparently eliminate the need for Solaris in the enterprise segment. Obviously, Red Hat seems to be feeling the heat now that Sun has parked Solaris in the Open Source space.
Commenting on the occasion, Javed Tapia, director, Red Hat India said, “Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux), solid performance and an interoperable desktop are three compelling reasons for Indian enterprises to choose RHEL 4 for their enterprise-wide deployments.”
RHEL v4 has capabilities ranging from mobility/wireless support (including Intel Centrino), to plug-and-play USB device recognition, to power management for laptops.
Tapia further added, “RHEL v4 supports five Indian languages namely Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and Punjabi. These local language desktops will play a significant role in increasing Open Source and Linux adoption in India, crossing over language barriers and ensuring that benefits of technology are available to millions of Indians.”
Red Hat has engineered RHEL v.4 with prime focus on platform stability and maturity based on the Linux 2.6 kernel, productivity improvements for the desktop and exceptional performance and scalability for both 32- and 64-bit workloads. RHEL v.4 is available on 64-bit Intel Xeon and Itanium processor-based systems, AMD64, IBM POWER, z-Series and S/390 and other x86 systems.
Hundreds of applications are currently in process to become certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.4. With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.4, more than 750 systems have been certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
This version of RHEL has been long awaited by many Red Hat followers, and in general the Linux community. With the release of Novell Linux Desktop (based on the 2.6 kernel) towards the end of 2004, Red Hat seems to be back in the game, with the new 2.6 kernel and a plethora of desktop productivity features.