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Duke of URL: The Big Red Hat [Review of Red Hat 7.0]

Sep 30, 2000, 15:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

[ Thanks to Patrick Mullen for this link. ]

"After waiting so long for Red Hat's 7.0 release, there certainly better be something new. Let me tell you folks, is there ever. Red Hat has pulled out all the stops, and has certainly satisfied many of my critiques on the Linux community, and has obviously been watching the industry closely. This is the sign of a true leader, if you ask me. Granted, Red Hat could certainly take a lot of heat with their inclusions of kernel 2.4pre8 and XFree86 4.0.1, but someone has to be first."

"Performance - Since Red Hat 7.0 is so up to date, you can utilize all the latest performance optimizations. Need 3D acceleration? XFree86 4.0.1 is there. Need ATA-100? Kernel 2.4 has got you covered. These two single components really help Linux compete with Windows. It's hard to find a reason why you need to use Windows anymore."

"Incompatibility? - This is always an issue when moving up to the next version. RPM4 has been added along with XFree86 4.0.1, which could cause problems for some users. Luckily, Red Hat has included the 3.3.6 X Servers, so this should solve most of the problems. Nevertheless, this may not be the distribution for users who are using old hardware or wish to use old RPMs, so beware if you don't want to deal with these problems."

"Overall... A great distribution for anyone with new hardware. However, a word to the wise, if stability is your primary concern, look to a distribution like Slackware or Debian. An excellent desktop system for those users out there who want the latest in hardware support."

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