Red Hat unveiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 today, a new Linux version that has been under development for two years.
"Our customers are an integral part of the development process," said Paul Cormier, Red Hat's executive vice president for engineering, echoing the open-source tenet that users be allowed to view and edit the software's code.
Resoundingly, Cormier said, customers wanted less complexity.
The new operating system supports "virtualization," which Red Hat said will help companies consolidate their technology workload onto one server - saving energy, space and money.
"Customers have figured out that they've got rooms full of racks and servers," said Nick Carr, the marketing director for the operating system. "They're taking up heat and power and space, but they're only 15 percent loaded. They want to know how they can use what they have more efficiently."