"When I first heard about what was called 'Nullization' at the
time, I was less than enthusiastic, needless to say. A better word
for my reaction might have been disgust. Red Hat seemed to be at it
again--finding new ways to promote GNOME at the expense of KDE.
Yet, many people praised the move, and my stance softened somewhat
since the distribution was released back in October.
"In fact, I was actually rather excited as I popped in the first
disc of Red Hat 8. With fans claiming it presented a 'just works'
desktop, a term I only usually hear from staunch Macintosh
supporters, I was looking forward to seeing how far Red Hat had
come in the last year.
"The boot up sequence for the installer went smoothly enough,
and while I skipped it to save time, it even offered a nice little
tool to verify your CD's to insure they weren't corrupted. Once the
main part of the Anaconda installer started, things looked pretty
familiar. While the interface was now GTK2 based, meaning slick
anti-aliased fonts, the overall layout of the setup system is much
the same as it has been for some time..."