Effective on Dec 31st, 2003, Red Hat will end the support and maintenance for Red Hat 7.3 and 8.0. At the end of April 2004, Red Hat will end the support and maintenance for Red Hat 9.0. As a result, ASL recommends using Red Hat Enterprise Linux if commercial support is required.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is available in three editions, Basic, Standard and Premium. For detailed comparison between them, please visit this link. Note that RHEL is sold on an annual subscription basis. Even though the operating system is maintained for five years by Red Hat, the users are required to purchase subscription annually in order to receive the support and updates. The original cost of the software includes one year of subscription. The subscription prices for subsequent years are the same as for the first year.
In phasing out the boxed products, Red Hat has launched the Fedora Project. It is a Red Hat sponsored and community supported open source Linux distribution. Details of the Fedora project can be found at the link below:
ASL will offer the Fedora Core as an option. Unlike the generic Fedora Core distribution, ASL has made the following enhancements in its customized FCx distribution:
The generic FCx kernel has been replaced with an enterprise level kernel that provides better functionality and stability.
Inclusion of the hugemem kernel to support machines running with more than 4GB of memory.
Updated device drivers (SCSI/RAID/NIC) to provide better hardware support.
Updates for Fedora Core will be provided using the Red Hat Update Agent.