"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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