News Bits: Red Hat Plans to Ship Next Version of Linux, Gefen Announces Wireless USB with 100-Foot Range

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Red Hat Plans to Ship Next Version of Linux

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Red Hat’s next version of its premium Linux product is supposed to be shipped on February 28. Even though its missing an earlier deadline by two months it will be debuting major virtualization technology. The delay isn’t a major problem for Red Hat, said Pund-IT analyst Charles King. "Making certain that RHEL 5 is locked, loaded and debugged before sending it out the door is more important in the end than meeting a deadline," he said. Since Red Hat sells software subscriptions all existing customers get free upgrades, so the company doesn’t consider the new version a "revenue event".

One major feature in RHEL 5 is the Xen virtualization software that lets a single computer run multiple operating systems simultaneously. The technology’s initial advantage is to let administrators load up a server more efficiently, but virtualization in the longer run also holds promise for reliability and flexibility because virtual machines can be moved from one computer to another while running. Microsoft is working on another virtualization competitor, code-named Viridian, which is due to ship within 180 days of "Longhorn Server," the server cousin to Windows Vista.

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Gefen Announces Wireless USB with 100-Foot Range

Last year Gefen announced a wireless USB hub with a 30-foot range. Of course it didn’t work as it was supposed to like many other wireless USB devices. In a couple of weeks at CES Gefen is announcing a wireless USB hub with a 100-foot range, along with wireless extenders for component audio, HDMI and VGA. Gefen claims that three of these products are already in production.

  • The four port USB extender uses Wisair’s 3.5GHz ultra-wideband and will have up to 400 Mbps throughput for $249.
  • The component audio extender can deliver up to 1080i resolution within 300-feet line of site. It will cost $1,499.
  • The wireless HDMI extender uses TZero’s ultra-wideband, will have a 30-foot range, and support resolution up to 1080i and 400 Mbps transfer speeds for $499.
  • The VGA extender has a 100-foot range and supports 1280×1024 or 780p resolutions, no word on pricing.

Thanks to our friends at Gizmodo for the tip.






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