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webTechniques: There's a Bug in my Guinness [Red Hat Linux 7.0 Review]

Dec 24, 2000, 13:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanos Gosling)

"About seven months after the release of Red Hat Linux 6.2, October brought the release of Red Hat Linux 7.0 (named Guinness). There were many new features with this release, especially for the desktop user, but how had the product improved on the server side? Note that in the server installation there's no X, no sound, and a lot of the refinements that are so nice in a desktop environment are lacking."

"On boot, Guinness comes up much like 6.2. There are some welcome changes, like a 2.2.16-based kernel rather than the older 2.2.14. Once you're in the system, batten down the hatches. A quick look at /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/ told me that a few risky or unnecessary services had been started. I can't fathom why PCMCIA services start under the default server config."

"The worst offender is rhnsd-Red Hat's Network Service Daemon-the remote update utility that contains an embarrassing bug. A full bug report is available at www.redhat.com/support/errata/RHBA-2000-081-05.html. While rhnsd is a nice idea for the uneducated user, it will repulse live-server system administrators in much the same way Windows Update upsets NT/2000 admins."

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