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Red Hat has been feverishly pitching the media this week about a San Francisco event for the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. In the pitch, they’ve also mentioned a little something extra would be happening in addition to touting their new OS — but little else.
Red Hat Inc. plans to create a Web store to boost sales of its own open source software and of compatible open source products from other companies, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday.
The company plans to announce the strategy next week when it releases the first major upgrade in two years to its core Linux-based operating system, according to the source. [...] The software maker plans to launch the Web software store before the end of the year with a limited number of products, and roll it out slowly, the source said.
There’s no word yet on what’s to be sold in this one-stop online shop for all things open source, because Red Hat isn’t talking about it publicly until next week’s event.