Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 18:17:07 -0500
Subject: Announcing a beta release of Red Hat Linux: "Wolverine"
Red Hat Linux "Wolverine"
(a beta release)
Red Hat, Inc. presents a beta release of Red Hat Linux for your
hacking pleasure. First, the regular drill:
This is a beta release of Red Hat Linux. It is not intended for
mission critical applications. It's not even intended for
non-mission critical applications. Important data should not be
entrusted to Wolverine, as it may eat it and make loud belching
Significant changes have been made since the last version of Red Hat
Linux, including a shift to a 2.4-based kernel. We need your help to
find and report bugs. You can enter bug reports for any problems you
might find by using bugzilla at:
PLEASE SEARCH FOR EXISTING BUG REPORTS BEFORE YOU ENTER A NEW REPORT!
Patches are always appreciated, so include them if you can.
As in Red Hat Linux 7, this beta is large enough that the binary
packages have been split between two ISO images. The installation
program handles reading packages from multiple CDs.
* Where can I get this release?
Wolverine can be downloaded from our public FTP site at:
With the support of volunteers ftp site administrators, Wolverine is
available from several mirrors. The following sites have complete
copies of Wolverine, so please use a mirror close to you:
North Carolina, USA:
Buffalo, New York, USA:
Please also see our official mirror list:
as more of the mirror sites may have picked up the beta by the time
you read this.
* What's new since Red Hat Linux 7?
General system improvements:
o Installer has many improvements and fixes, including basic
o Workstation installs are more network-secure (most services are
disabled by default)
o Japanese support fully integrated
o Graphical kickstart configuration program included
Core system components:
o kernel 2.4.1 + many fixes
o glibc 2.2.2
o XFree86 4.0.2
o XFree86 3.3.6 X servers included for maximum hardware
o KDE 2.1 beta release snapshot
o GNOME libs 1.2.8, core 1.2.4
o GCC 2.96-RH
Expanded hardware support:
o Improved USB
o IDE UltraDMA 66/100
o IEEE1394 (FireWire(tm))
o ATM networking
o WiFI wireless ethernet cards
o ESS Maestro3 and newer Crystal audio
System service changes:
o New network-transparent configuration subsystem
o Configuration tools for BIND, Apache, and printing
A sampling of package upgrades:
o GIMP 1.2.1
o Tcl/Tk 8.3.1
o BIND 9.1.0
o Pine 4.33
o Vim 6.0 prerelease
o XMMS 1.2.4
A sampling of Package additions:
o OGG/Vorbis audio encoder/decoder
* Status of Red Hat Network:
rhn_register, the registration client for Red Hat Network, is
included, but registrations for the beta will not be accepted.
However, up2date will be fully functional in anonymous mode, and
we encourage people to make use of this functionality. We will
be attempting to synchronize our fixes with Update Agent on a
nightly basis, so if you report a problem and it gets fixed, you
can get a new version of that particular package on the following
* Major known issues:
o Cardbus network cards will not work properly after the install
procedure is completed.
o Network cards which use the tulip driver may report incorrect
o Minimal installs do not support NFS out of the box. Install
the portmap package afterwards if you require this functionality.
o Some Java JDKs (both from Sun and IBM) don't work with the i686
version of glibc (Sun is working on a fix for JDK). Additionally,
the i686 version of glibc only supports 2.4-based kernels.
If you are experiencing problems such as the one described
above, or need to run a 2.2-based kernel, install the i386
version of glibc by running:
rpm -Uvh --force glibc-2.2.2-3.i386.rpm
* Other known issues and information can be found in the release notes.
* A mailing list is being set up to host discussion of issues specific
to this beta. Web access to our mailing lists can be found at:
If you don't have web access, you can still subscribe to the main
mailing list. To subscribe, send mail to
in the subject line. You can leave the body empty.
The Linux OS Development and QA Teams
Red Hat, Inc.