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ISPWorld: Trying On Red Hat - Questions, Answers and Red Hat Linux 7

Dec 09, 2000, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Carl)

"...Red Hat 7 is more of an evolutionary upgrade than a revolutionary one, and this will please some users and disappoint others. Still, this is generally a positive step as far as ISP/server users are concerned ? when compatibility with hardware and a stable system are your prime requirements, "conservative" is never a bad approach."

"As Red Hat itself is quick to point out, the value of a distribution is in meshing functionality with expertise and testing to make sure all of its included parts "play nicely with each other" as much as possible. In the past, Red Hat has been (depending on your viewpoint) applauded or derided for being an "early adopter" (the company brushes aside this characterization in the interview below) of new versions of libraries and applications."

"An example of the tack they?ve taken with Red Hat 7 is that because of stability concerns about KDE 2?s prerelease versions by Red Hat testers, version 1.1 was included with the final release. On the other hand, some users (rightly or not) questioned the use of a non-"stable release" version of the GNU C Compiler (gcc 2.96 20000731) as the default compiler. Again, whether these are steps forward or backward is a matter of personal preference; you can?t please everybody. Still, it appears that Red Hat has worked hard to avoid a "buggy x.0 release" that some have complained about in the past."

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