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Red Hat To Include Xen, Stateless Linux In Next Release

Red Hat will integrate the Xen virtualization hypervisor in its next commercial release of enterprise Linux due in late 2006.

Built-in virtualization and built-in support for stateless Linux as well as improved automation and management tools will make Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 a more compelling platform for the data center and grid deployments, said Brian Stevens, who was named Red Hat's CTO earlier this month.

Red Hat will deliver in a month a test release of Fedora Core 5, which will be the basis of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Stevens said. But the final RHEL5 upgrade won't be commercially available until the end of next year, he said.

In the interim, Red Hat will adopt a Sun-style approach to its development process and will release early tech previews of technologies under development to generate feedback from customers and partners. Red Hat's announcement comes just a day before the Open Source Business Conference kicks off in Newton, Mass.

Like Microsoft, which plans to integrate a hypervisor in Windows, Red Hat — and Novell — plan to include the Xen hypervisor in their core Linux commercial offering. Xen will also be integrated into a future Linux kernel, but RHEL 5 will be based on the existing Linux kernel 2.6.

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