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Red Hat unveils 10-year support plan
Feb. 02, 2012

Red Hat has extended the life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years, with RHEL 6 now supported through 2020. Meanwhile, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman left Red Hat rival SUSE to join the Linux Foundation as a fellow.

Red Hat announced it has extended the production life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years. The new plan was implemented due to high customer demand, said Red Hat. With the extension, RHEL 5 support will be carried through 2017, and RHEL 6 users are supported through 2020.

Meanwhile, one of the top Linux kernel maintainers has been selected to join a small group of Linux Foundation leaders known as fellows. Greg Kroah-Hartman (pictured) will leave Attachmate's SUSE business unit -- formerly Novell -- which develops RHEL enterprise Linux rival SUSE Linux Enterprise, to take on his new duties as a fellow. Kroah-Hartman, who also held the role of a fellow at SUSE, will continue his work as the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of subsystems,

As a fellow, Kroah-Hartman will also work more closely with Linux Foundation members, workgroups, Labs projects, and staff on key initiatives to advance Linux, says the nonprofit foundation.

For more details on both the Red Hat and Linux Foundation fellow stories, please see our coverage on LinuxDevices.

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