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Article ID: 10667
Last update: 01-17-08
Issue:
How do I properly refer to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in documentation and when conversing with fellow users and customers?
Resolution:

When referring to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, use the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

If the version number is necessary for clarity choose one of these options:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop

If "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5" is referred to multiple times in text, it would be appropriate to use "version 5" in place of "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5" after its first use.

When referring to Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 2.1, 3, or 4, use the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES
  • Red Hat Desktop

For versions prior to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 and 3.9 (version.minor.z-stream), use the following forms:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS Version 4 Update 3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS Version 4 Update 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES Version 3 Update 8
  • Red Hat Desktop Version 3 Update 7

or

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS v.4 Update 3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS v.4 Update 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES v.3 Update 8
  • Red Hat Desktop v.3 Update 7

For versions after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 and 3.9 (version.minor.z-stream), use the following forms:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 AS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.6 WS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.9 ES
  • Red Hat 3.9 Desktop

It is never correct to abbreviate "Red Hat Enterprise Linux" as "RHEL".


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