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LinuxWorld: Red Hat announces 7.0 release, rolls out Red Hat Network - Graphics, security improved

Sep 25, 2000, 20:13 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Red Hat today unveiled its 7.0 release, with better support for graphics and improvements in security. The company is also debuting a new subscription service to automate management tasks; the service is aimed primarily at large-scale users."

"Graphics and security are two areas that were improved in Red Hat 7.0. The new release is based on the 2.2.16 Linux kernel; it includes XFree 4.0, Mesa (an Open GL library for 3D graphics), and hardware support for the i810, i815, Rage 128, Voodoo III, and Voodoo V chipsets. In a major change of philosophy, most network services will now be turned off by default at installation instead of being turned on. With the RSA crypto patents expiring last week, the release will also include strong cryptography in products like the GNU Privacy Guard with RSA signatures, along with the inclusion of SSH and the SSL module for Apache. A secure virtual private network is also included."

"There is also an optimized GCC compiler, with particular performance gains for the Pentium II and Pentium III platforms, along with USB support for keyboards, mice, and printers, improved internationalization, and Japanese language support."

"The big news, however, is not inside the box. Red Hat is launching a new initiative, the Red Hat Network, with which customers will be able to automate the management of their Red Hat Linux machines. According to McNamara, "The Red Hat Network is a connection between the customer's machine and Red Hat, where we provide a rich set of management tools and delivery mechanisms for open source software."

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