Red Hat Offers Low Cost Academic Linux Solutions

12/4/2003 - Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's premier open source software provider, announced new Linux solutions for the education and academic community that will help institutions and students respond to rising educational costs while supporting the accelerating interest in learning and contributing to the development of open source software. The company has created a series of low cost solutions and purchasing options that allow qualified institutions and members of qualified institutions to deploy the latest Red Hat technology for use in either instructional or production environments.

"These new academic solutions put the technology that is shaping this century in the hands of tomorrow's leaders at a fraction of the cost of proprietary alternatives," said John Young, vice president of Marketing at Red Hat. "Red Hat continues to strengthen the ties between academia and open source development by putting open source technology within easy reach of educational institutions, students and faculty."

"This is a welcome move by Red Hat to enable universities to use premium Red Hat Enterprise Linux at a very low cost," said Frank Starmer, Associate Provost for Information Technology at Medical University of South Carolina. "We see this as a very rational pricing structure and are eager to deploy the Red Hat Academic Editions at MUSC."

Students, faculty, and staff members of qualified institutions can access Red Hat Academic solutions as either individual subscriptions or through a site program. Two types of subscriptions are available:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS Academic Edition provides a robust personal productivity desktop including the operating platform as well as personal productivity applications. The cost of an annual subscription for an individual system is $25.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS Academic Edition provides a platform for applications such as network infrastructure, web hosting, and High Performance Computing (HPC) server farms. The cost of an annual subscription for an individual system is $50.

Academic institutions may wish to enable an entire student body, group of departments, or entire system of schools with a Site Subscription. A Basic Package, priced at $2500 per year, includes unlimited service subscriptions to Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS Academic Edition for all systems personally owned by students, faculty and staff. This package also includes a Red Hat Network Proxy Server Academic Edition and Red Hat Network management entitlements to enable institutions to simplify and standardize their support of all systems. Both of the academic editions are based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux technology, offering the same enterprise-class stability, maintenance, and performance as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These academic solutions are available immediately in the United States and will roll out in other regional markets shortly.

For educational infrastructures requiring support, Red Hat recommends Red Hat Enterprise Linux Standard and Premium editions which include bundled support to meet the needs of the most demanding production environments. For advanced technical curriculum, the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project offers a flexible base of technology that can be accessed without any cost for courses that focus on open source development methodology and Linux technology evolution.

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