Red Hat offers paid subscribers early ISOs for 9.0
Carrots at the ready...
Paid subscribers to the Red Hat Network are being offered early access, from 31st March, to ISOs for the forthcoming Red Hat Linux 9. The new version is scheduled to be available in stores and via FTP from 7th April, so Red Hat is killing two birds with one stone by giving it to subscribers early. Subscribers' estimation of RHN service will probably be enhanced because they can get the new software without being killed in the rush, while Red Hat may be able to cajole some "demo" RHN subscribers (i.e. the ones who don't pay) into coughing up the $60 annual fee.
Actually the first is probably more important than the second, because surely most people will be prepared to grit their teeth and hang in for another week, rather than cough up the money. But on the other hand, if you were intending to hare down to the store on 7th April and buy retail, but you have the bandwidth to handle the download, then the $60 might make sense to you.
The offer (you can sign up here) is however still something of a pig in a poke, as Red Hat hasn't yet said what's in the packet. This is particularly intriguing because, as Linux Today points out, Red Hat ordinarily puts point releases in between full version releases. So what's so special about 9.0? We think we should be told. ®