Red Hat (Nasdaq:RHAT) has released Red Hat Linux version 7.3, which it calls a highly configurable operating system designed for deployments ranging from games and personal productivity to file, print and Web serving.

The Raleigh-based company says Red Hat Linux 7.3 adds new productivity tools, personal firewall configuration at installation, and video conferencing capability.

The new version also includes support offerings, such as Web and telephone access to experts and Red Hat Network – an automated Internet solution for managing Red Hat Linux systems. Nearly 500,000 users already leverage Red Hat Network to keep their systems updated, the company says.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 will be available at retail on May 15, and orders are currently being taken online. Red Hat Linux 7.3 Personal for individual users is $59.95, which includes 30 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service and Web-based support. Red Hat Linux 7.3 Professional for small businesses is $199.95, which adds a systems administrator’s CD, 90 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service, and 60-day Web-based support and telephone support. Red Hat is also offering competitive and customer upgrade rebates, including $20 off Red Hat Linux 7.3 Professional and $10 off Red Hat Linux 7.3 Personal.

The company’s earlier version, Red Hat Linux 7.2, is priced at $59.95 for individual users. For Red Hat Linux Professional, it is priced at $199.95 and the Red Hat Embedded Linux Developer Suite starts at $2,500.

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