Red Hat recently announced the launch of its latest version
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, which includes many features
backported from the 2.6 kernel to the 2.4 kernel.
Linux 3 family of products has been developed for customers
deploying Linux solutions in commercial and enterprise
environments. Choosing the most appropriate kernel technology
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, required a complex trade-off
between providing the latest features while maintaining
stability and quality. The Linux kernel evolves rapidly,
with new features appearing continuously, which customers
and ISVs wanted incorporated from the 2.6 kernel along
with the stability and maturity of the 2.4 kernel.
provide the best mix of technology and stability, Red
Hat created the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 products
using a hybrid kernel approach. Features from the 2.6
kernel that would be of most value to commercial / enterprise
customers and ISVs were backported for use with the
latest and most stable 2.4 kernel. Red Hat engineers
developed many of the new 2.6 kernel features.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Red Hat provides a complete
product solution that meets the requirements of users
through a combination of leading open source engineering
and test capabilities, close partnerships with major
ISVs and OEMS, and comprehensive services delivered
by Red Hat and its partners.
Hat also announced the first beta release of Fedora
Core Fedora Core 2, test2 which features full support
for SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux) endorsed by the
NSA. Fedora Core 2 is also the first Linux distribution
based on the 2.6 Linux kernel and already includes the
next generation NFS protocol (NFSv4), GNOME 2.6 rc1
and KDE 3.2.1.
Hat Enterprise Linux 4 will be based on kernel 2.6 and
will be available in the first part of 2005. It will
also include SELinux and other Fedora technologies