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CNET: Red Hat Linux 7.0 [Review]

Sep 28, 2000, 13:03 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David A. Harvey)

"Red Hat 7's most significant digit is yet to come. While the 7.0 release represents an excellent summary of all that Linux has had to offer so far, it is the anticipated 7.1 release that will bring some of the most eagerly awaited features to X Windows desktops everywhere. Specifically, those with their hearts set on stable releases of the Linux 2.4 kernel and the KDE 2.0 desktop should probably sit tight. While preview releases of both are provided with 7.0, neither can be considered completely roadworthy at this point. However, if you're new to Linux, or you're looking for the most comprehensive, up-to-date distribution currently available, Red Hat 7.0 won't disappoint."

"While it may seem a bit anticlimactic, 7.0 is far from a flop. This iteration of Red Hat's distribution is in many ways the senior prom of commercial Linux. With this release, Linux really seems to come of age: all the early hiccups have been worked out, and even the most rudimentary default installation of this distribution represents a mature product ready to graduate to the enterprise. The sheer number of new features in Red Hat 7.0 is staggering. As welcome as these features are, they merely amount to finishing touches--elements that hadn't worked properly before or that should have been included from the outset."

"But there are some truly important new features here. Topping the list of new features for the Linux-challenged is a multidisc installation system that includes graphical and text-based interfaces, both of which sport interactive help engines. Other welcome changes include a revamped X-Windows installation routine that takes a step-by-step approach to tuning your graphics card and monitor and then tests your chosen configuration; improved USB support; upgraded core components, including XFree86 4.0.1 and GNOME; and more. Performance-minded users will be pleased that Red Hat finally offers packages optimized for specific processors, including AMD's Athlon. You'll also find 3D hardware support for Intel i810/815, ATI Rage 128, and Matrox G200 chips, as well as a preview driver for 3Dfx Glide-based video cards."

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