Linux was always a phenomenon which was waiting to happen. About three decades ago, the computer and IT industry suffered from a standard rift. During the 1980s and 1990s, consumers had to choose between market-driven, inexpensive operating systems developed by Microsoft and technology-driven, expensive operating systems like Unix.
This period was popular because of development of free software in almost every part of the world. However, these software lacked a common platform to function properly. Linux was designed and developed as such a common platform.
For many years, Red Hat Linux was the primary commercial distribution of this platform. However, in 2003, the trademark name of Red Hat Linux was changed to Fedora Core. Since then, the company has moves its numerous commercial efforts towards products associated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Fedora Core was finally set up with the following objectives :
- It was to be sponsored by Red Hat
- It was to be supported by expanding Linux community
- It was supposed to be inclusive of cutting-edge, high quality open source technology
- It was meant to be a proving ground for software related to commercial Red Hat support and deployment
It wasn't long before Red Hat Linux became the most profound basis for the company's full supported and compatible product line. These products were geared towards major business corporations with the need to manage and set up numerous Linux systems. Once the company started releasing software for about a year and half, a commercial Red Hat Linux product line was introduced. This product line included :
Subscription service to Red Hat Linux including tested and stable software. In fact, it included the same software which was available in Fedora Core, and went through rigorous testing.
Multiple support programs for the platform. These programs were associated with an online knowledge base related to engineering, custom deployment and software development. Training, certification programs and official documentation. Red Hat Linux was finally discontinued by the company in 2004.