Red Hat abandons Red Hat Linux

I received the following email from Red Hat today:

To: xxx
From: Red Hat Network
Subject: Red Hat Linux end-of-life update and transition planning

Dear francois,

Thank you for being a Red Hat Network customer.

This e-mail provides you with important information about the upcoming discontinuation of Red Hat Linux, and resources to assist you with yourmigration to another Red Hat solution.

As previously communicated, Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 as of December 31, 2003. Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 9 as of April 30, 2004. Red Hat does not plan to release another product in the Red Hat Linux line.

With the recent announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3, you'll find migrating to Enterprise Linux appealing. We understand that transitioning to another Red Hat solution requires careful planning and implementation. We have created a migration plan for Red Hat Network customers to help make the transition as simple and seamless as possible. Details: [...]

http://www.redhat.com/solutions/migration/rhl/rhn

Which means that in about 6 months, Red Hat will be out of the consumer (read "Desktop") Linux market, focusing exclusively on the enterprise market, where the money is.

And all that because Red Hat CEO's 90 year-old father doesn't know how to install RH!

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