By Mark Sutton
Compaq has announced that the latest version of Red Hat Linux, version 7, is available immediately for its Alpha range of servers and workstations.
Compaq has announced the availability of Red Hat Alpha Deluxe for its Alpha computer range.
AlphaServers and AlphaStations will be immediately available carrying the latest version of Red Hat Linux, as will some Compaq ProLiant servers and Deskpro PCs.
"Compaq's expanding commitment to Red Hat Linux illustrates the growing momentum for open source and Internet solutions," said Bob Cymbalski, vice president of product management for Red Hat. "The combination of Compaq's AlphaServer and AlphaStation solutions and Red Hat Linux delivers Internet and enterprise computing to our customers."
Red Hat Linux 7 has a number of improved features including OpenSSL security, a more customisable desktop interface for work stations, and an enhanced and updated developer suite for C++ and Java.
International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years, and their preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998. IDC also states that Red Hat holds 50.2 percent of Linux vendor market share and that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users.