Red Hat says it has released new Linux solutions for the education and academic community that will help institutions and students respond to rising educational costs.

The Raleigh-based company has created a series of solutions and purchasing options that allow qualified institutions and their members to deploy the latest Red Hat technology for use in either instructional or production environments.

“These new academic solutions put the technology that is shaping this century in the hands of tomorrow’s leaders at a fraction of the cost of proprietary alternatives,” said John Young, Red Hat’s vice president of marketing. “Red Hat continues to strengthen the ties between academia and open source development by putting open source technology within easy reach of educational institutions, students and faculty.”

Students, faculty, and staff members of qualified institutions can access Red Hat Academic solutions as either individual subscriptions or through a site program. Two types of subscriptions are available:

• Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS (Academic Edition) provides a personal productivity desktop, including the operating platform, as well as personal productivity applications. The cost of an annual subscription for an individual system is $25.

• Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Academic Edition) provides a platform for applications such as network infrastructure, web hosting, and High Performance Computing (HPC) server farms. The cost of an annual subscription for an individual system is $50.

Academic institutions also can choose to enable an entire student body, group of departments, or entire system of schools with a Site Subscription. A basic package, priced at $2,500 per year, includes unlimited service subscriptions to Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS for all systems personally owned by students, faculty and staff. It also includes a Red Hat Network Proxy Server and Red Hat Network management entitlements.

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