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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch: Another Tip of the Red Hat--Examining Red Hat 7.3

Jun 14, 2002, 22:00 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Von Hagen)

"Because I tend to focus on the commercial and personal use of Linux as a full-time operating system, Red Hat has been my favorite x86 Linux distribution for years now. Yet even I greet each Red Hat release with a strange mixture of anticipation and fear, since everyone knows that Red Hat has made some spectacularly questionable decisions in past releases. Many people tend to avoid Red Hat's x.0 releases since they always seem a bit rough around the edges. Red Hat's premature incorporation of a development version of gcc (2.96) is an albatross that they are still dragging along into new releases today.

"Part of the global awareness of Red Hat's successes and mistakes is due to their prominence in the Linux market--Red Hat has clearly won the Linux branding wars in the public's eyes, at least in the United States. As the best-known Linux distribution, Red Hat is therefore more quickly slapped under a microscope to expose both features and flaws than any other Linux distribution. Which is exactly the point of this article - what's new and improved in Red Hat 7.3, and is Red Hat 7.3 a distribution that you should consider upgrading to...?"

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