Red Hat is expected to release the next version of the its Linux operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.0, to coincide with the LinuxWorld trade show in Boston on 14 February.
This will be the first major release of RHEL since September 2003, and will be the first version of RHEL based on the Linux 2.6 kernel.
Linux kernel 2.6 is the latest version of the software at the core of the Linux operating system, and has widespread industry support.
The software has characteristics that will make it more attractive for use with large databases, and enhanced security features.
It will support Security-Enhanced Linux, which are a set of security-related utilities developed by the US National Security Agency, and which are designed to make the software more robust against attacks.