Red Hat roll outs Linux 8.0

Red Hat is targeting small and mid-sized companies with its launch of Version 8 of Linux, which boasts an improved graphical...

Red Hat is targeting small and mid-sized companies with its launch of Version 8 of Linux, which boasts an improved graphical interface.

The Bluecurve interface, which is based on Gnome 2.0, features themes, scroll bars and menus, and several new graphical enhancements and icons. The latest version also contains a number of updated applications including the Open Office productivity suite, improved Evolution e-mail client, and the Mozilla browser 1.0.1.

Also included is a suite of configuration tools for setting up several different system services, including Apache servers, Samba, network settings, firewall and peripherals. The company has also included improved versions of its C compiler and operating system kernel.

"With this release we have given more attention to usability," said Red Hat senior director of product marketing Erik Troan.

"We think this version shows we can deliver new functionality for hobbyists and professionals and, at the same time, make the product much more friendly for mainstream users."

Red Hat also plans to target call centres.

The Personal Edition for single users is priced at $39.95 (£26) and includes 30 days of Web-based support. The Professional version costs $149.95 (£97) and contains a system administrator's CD, an office and multimedia applications CD, 60 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service, and 60 days of Web-based support and telephone support.

The new product will be available at authorised retailers from today, although users can place orders now over the Web at

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