I spend more time looking at the family trees of Linux distributions than I do looking at my own family tree. I find it interesting to see how distributions grow from their parent distribution, either acting as an extra layer of features which regularly re-bases itself or as a separate fork. New distributions usually tend to remain similar in most ways to their parent distro, using the same package manager and maintaining similar philosophies. When I look at the family trees of Linux distributions one project stands out more than others: PCLinuxOS.
Speed or torque? Linux desktop vs. server distros
So allow me to clarify: I believe the time has come when a major, dedicated, server-only Linux distribution is needed. This distribution does not maintain any desktop packages or dependencies -- and is not a distro that merely offers a different default package set for desktop and server use cases.
Open source training and the Red Hat Challenge Labs
Open source training is a powerful tool, and the skills and experiences learned can be immediately applied to numerous real-world working situations. The use of a stable and flexible foundation means open source can be adapted to situations as required, making challenges easy to overcome.
Red Hat Challenge@Labs is a strong starting point for students, as they have the opportunity to design solutions for real problems and issues—and, if they're successful, pitch them to industry experts.
Also: Red Hat Announces General Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11