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Linux Universe: Red Hat 10: First Look

Jul 23, 2003, 23:00 (18 Talkback[s])

"Upon reboot there is a major change for Red Hat. No longer will you see the GNU/Linux boot messages on the screen. (You see the first two or so, but then they go away). Instead there is a graphical overlay which says 'Starting System Services' with a progress bar. This will be less intimidating to the average desktop user I believe and is a welcome addition. If you want to see the messages, I am sure there will be (or already is) a way to set the system not to show the graphical overlay, but I have not had it running long enough to explore how to do it...

"Once the boot process is finished, you are presented with a large graphical screen that allows you to set some final settings like your sound card, date and time adjustments and adding a user (non-root) account. Walking through these is intuitive and well organized.

"The defauilt environment, as in previous Red Hat versions, is GNOME. The selection of apps is good, including Evolution as the mail client, Mozilla 1.4 as the default browser, and OpenOffice.org 1.0.2. I also noticed some additions under the Office section of the main menu. Namely MrProject 0.9 and Dia Diagrams 0.9.1..."

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