Red Hat, a developer of Open Source software and operating systems, has released Red Hat Linux 7.2 for the Intel Itanium and announced an upcoming version for Compaq Alpha platforms.
Red Hat Linux 7.2 for Itanium features the 2.4 Linux kernel, the ext3 journaling filesystem, and security enhancements. Of special interest is Red Hat's claim that Red Hat Linux 7.2 for Itanium supports the very large address space of Itanium-based systems and scales to eight or more Itanium processors running as a single system image.
Notable new features and benefits of Red Hat Linux 7.2 for Itanium include:
- The 2.4.9 Linux kernel for increased scalability
- ext3 journaling file system for data reliability
- Network configuration, user management, and hardware viewing tools for infrastructure and development
- Firewall configuration during installation for added security
- Improved USB support
- Nautilus file manager
- 30 days of Web-based support
- 180-day subscription to the Red Hat Network Software Manager, which includes errata alerts and RPM updates
Pricing begins at $495 for a single Red Hat Linux 7.2 for Itanium is now available for purchase or download. You can find more information at the Red Hat Web site.
In addition, Red Hat has announced that Red Hat Linux 7.2 for Compaq Alpha will be available in the first quarter of 2002. The Alpha port will support the same features as those found in the recently released Red Hat Linux 7.2.
"Compaq's AlphaServer platform is a popular RISC 64-bit platform in the Linux community, and Red Hat is glad to be continuing its long-time collaboration with Compaq with this upcoming release," said Paul Cormier, VP of Engineering, Red Hat, in a press release. "We see this association as an integral part of our strategy to deliver capabilities for the most challenging computing applications in the enterprise and in high performance computing."
Both Red Hat and Compaq will be directly selling the product.