The Durham, N.C., company's mainframe version of Linux will be sold along with services through the Red Hat Network, Chief Executive Matthew Szulik said in an interview Friday.
Mainframes are a decades-old server architecture from IBM used by large corporations for business tasks with numerous transactions such as changes to bank balances. Linux, by comparison, is comparatively new, a 10-year-old clone of Unix.
Red Hat has said it plans versions of Linux for IBM's iSeries special-purpose servers, pSeries Unix servers and zSeries mainframes. It already sells Linux for use on the xSeries Intel servers.