May 5, 2004

Red Hat ends Linux 9 support

Linux supplier Red Hat announced earlier this year it would stop support for earlier versions of Linux, setting 30 April as the end of the line for
Red Hat Linux 9. Users are now being directed toward the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Platform.

"This is the difference between Linux and the more user-based Linux movement versus the commercial Linux movement," said Warren Shiau, a senior
software analyst with IDC.

"Essentially this really makes it clear that Red Hat wants its users to move to Red Hat Enterprise, which is a fully commercial licensed version of
Red Hat," he explained, adding that Red Hat 9 was a version that could be downloaded and used freely.



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