Decreasing demand by users has caused Red Hat Inc. to quietly drop support for Sun Microsystems Inc. Sparc processors in its latest Red Hat 7 Linux distribution.
Still supported by Red Hat 7 are chips from Intel Corp. and Alpha processors from Compaq Computer Corp.
A spokesman for Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Red Hat today confirmed the change, saying the company supports processors "where they see demand." If market conditions among Sparc users change, Red Hat could eventually bring back Sparc support, the spokesman said.
Red Hat released Version 7 of its Linux open-source operating system in September, adding support for Compaq Alpha processors last month. Red Hat Linux 7 Standard edition is priced at US$29.95, with the Deluxe edition at $79.95 and the Professional edition at $179.95.