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LinuxPlanet: Red Hat 8.0: Past the Hype and Under the Hood

Nov 04, 2002, 17:30 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

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"Reviewers like to evaulate Linux distros for the mythical Uncle Ralph and Aunt Faye, the prototypical clueless technophobes. Can Aunty and Uncle, who still rub sticks together to make fire, install and run Linux? Let's get real. Computers are complex machines for performing complex tasks. There is always a learning curve. No one sits down to any PC--not Mac, not Windows, none of them--starting from zero knowledge, and is instantly productive.

"Ease of use is a good thing, a worthy goal. Even more important is having robust tools to do work. The whole point of purchasing all that nice hardware and putting an operating system on it is to run applications. Let's dig into this shiny new offering from Red Hat and see if a person can do any actual productive work with it. I tested it on two home-built machines: a Celeron 333, and a Duron 800. Both have 256 megs of RAM and the usual assortment of peripherals: CD, CDRW, printers, scanners, tape drive, IDE hard disks.

"At this point, there would normally be the obigatory passages devoted to how the installation went. Let's face it, Linux installation is no longer such a big deal, certainly not for Red Hat. Installation here is easy, just insert the disk and go. I do prefer a clean installation, rather than upgrading over an existing install, which was the method I used here..."

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